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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. Who is with Lincoln at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 6?
(a) Josh Speed.
(b) Bowling Green.
(c) Seth Gale.
(d) Ann Rutledge.

2. Where has Lincoln been, just before he arrives at the Edwards' home in Act 2, Scene 5?
(a) Visiting another woman, to whom he plans to propose.
(b) Visiting a potential client in jail.
(c) At the Statehouse, lobbying against gun registration.
(d) Fox hunting.

3. Does Lincoln agree, in Act 2, Scene 6, with Josh's suggestion about his mental health?
(a) Yes, he knows he is losing his mind--that's why he wants to run away.
(b) No, he believes he has good reasons for his decision.
(c) He isn't sure, but he admits having hallucinations.
(d) Yes, he says he's at the end of his rope and must have release from the wedding.

4. What is the plan that Seth Gale and Lincoln have for their futures?
(a) To move west, to Nebraska.
(b) To attend law school and go into practice together.
(c) To move to California, in search of gold.
(d) To relocate to Springfield and open a general store.

5. What opinion does Elizabeth Edwards have of Abe Lincoln?
(a) She says he has a simple soul and is a most amiable creature, but not suitable as a husband.
(b) She thinks he's divinely good-looking, but shiftless.
(c) Compared to other men, he would be at the top of her list of potential husbands.
(d) She calls him elegant, cultivated and likely to be rich some day soon.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why can't Lincoln bring himself to shoot a deer?

2. Who does Lincoln blame for all the political strife in the country?

3. What piece of advice does Ninian Andrews give Lincoln concerning Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 6?

4. What is Josh Speed's understanding of Lincoln's personality?

5. What is the subject of the speech Lincoln is studying in the first scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. Josh Speed and Bowling Green are longtime friends of Lincoln's; they have urged him for years to seek higher political office. In Act 2, Scene 4, what is their attitude toward Lincoln's reluctance to run for an important elected position?

2. Josh Speed arrives to visit with Abe at the Greens' house. When Lincoln isn't there, Speed fills them in on Lincoln's activities in the State Assembly. What has Lincoln accomplished in the year since he's been elected?

3. As Lincoln contemplates breaking his engagement, Josh Speeds urges him to wait until he, Lincoln, is feeling calmer. Lincoln responds that he is desperate to have the matter settled. What is Josh Speed's larger concern about Lincoln under the circumstances?

4. Ninian Edwards, Lincoln's friend and brother-in-law of Mary Todd, enters with a gift and a wedding day message to Lincoln. What do the gift and the message tell the audience about Mary Todd?

5. When Josh Speed burns Lincoln's letter to Mary Todd, Lincoln tells him the real reasons he doesn't want to go through with the marriage. What are his real reasons?

6. Is Lincoln liked or disliked in the community of New Salem, according to his teacher in Act 1, Scene 1?

7. The informal committee that came to recruit Lincoln to run for State Assembly in Act 1, Scene 2 has a larger political purpose in mind. What is it?

8. Lincoln tries to draw Ann out about her sadness, but she resists. However, he continues. Does this change Ann's perception of Lincoln?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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