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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Josh Speed's request to the Greens as he departs at the end of Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) He wants them to take copious notes about Lincoln's mood.
(b) He asks them to keep Lincoln with them and not let him out of their sight.
(c) He asks them to call a physician to treat Lincoln's stress.
(d) He requests they accompany Lincoln to Springfield for opening of the Legislature.

2. Who is Billy Herndon?
(a) A client of Lincoln's who is accused of murder.
(b) A law clerk in Lincoln's office.
(c) The boy who delivers mid-afternoon coffee and lottery tickets.
(d) The illegitimate son of Josh Speed.

3. What is Lincoln's new attitude toward God after Ann's death?
(a) He can't pray to a God that needlessly allowed Ann to die.
(b) He becomes an atheist.
(c) He accepts that "the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away."
(d) He knows if he had prayed day and night, Ann would have lived.

4. How does Lincoln surprise Ann Rutledge while she is clearing tables during Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) By bursting into song when she agrees to talk with him.
(b) By declaring his love for her.
(c) By asking her to dance on the bar.
(d) By delivering a package from her fiance.

5. Why is Mary Todd so sure that Lincoln will be a success, and not stop to tell jokes, as her sister predicts?
(a) Because she knows that Lincoln is not very good at telling jokes and has a strong streak of ambition.
(b) Because she is strong enough to make sure he moves along the road of success without stopping.
(c) Because Lincoln has confided his dream of becoming a successful merchant and moving to New York.
(d) She doesn't care if he's a success; she has a huge inheritance that will support them both.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Josh Speed and Bowling Green think might be the result, if slavery spreads further across the South?

2. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?

3. In Act 2, Scene 4, who arrives unexpectedly at Lincoln's office to visit?

4. Who is Ninian Edwards?

5. What, besides politics, does Lincoln have on his mind during the scene in the Rutledge Tavern?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ann Rutledge's mood when she enters to clear the glasses of the men who have left the tavern in Act 1, Scene 2? Why is she feeling that way?

2. Why is it that debt is always heavy on Lincoln's mind during his early adulthood, covered by Act 1, Scene 1?

3. Lincoln is reluctant to consider running for State Assembly. What is his main objection?

4. How does Mary Todd characterize the man her sister married and the life they have together? And what is wrong with that life, according to Mary Todd?

5. At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 5, Elizabeth Edwards is responding to a bit of news which surprises her--even though she might have seen it coming. What is the news and who brought it to her attention?

6. By Act 2, Scene 4, it is clear that Lincoln's friendship with Ninian Edwards (the governor's son) has advanced. What evidence does Lincoln offer of his popularity?

7. What is Lincoln's feeling about his career prospects as a young adult studying English in New Salem?

8. What is Josh Speed's opinion of Lincoln's personality and prospects, now that Lincoln is in the State Assembly?

9. What sentiment does Daniel Webster express in the speech that Lincoln reads in Act 1, Scene 1?

10. What does Lincoln tell his friends in Act 2, Scene 4, in the discussion about his lack of political ambition and his unwillingness to speak publicly against slavery?

(see the answer keys)

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