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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. According to Nancy Green in Act 1, Scene 3, why can't Lincoln face life without a woman by his side?
(a) Because he hears the whispers of the dead women in his life, including his mother, and he can't understand what the whispers mean.
(b) Because he listens to strange voices that speak to him in church and they command him to do bad things.
(c) Because he hears voices in the night and they give him contradictory directions.
(d) Because he goes into trances when under stress and needs someone to help him snap out of it.

2. Why does Lincoln return to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) He has been kicked out of Springfiled for being drunk in public.
(b) The Greens have asked him to mediate in their divorce.
(c) Ann Rutledge is sick.
(d) Seth Gale summoned him with a letter.

3. How does Lincoln define his "own great duty?"
(a) His duty is to mind his own business and he doesn't care what other people think.
(b) He needs to go West and seize California from the Mexican government.
(c) He doesn't know what it is and he's tired of people nagging him about it.
(d) His duty is to defend the Constitution to the best of his understanding.

4. How does Act 1, Scene 3, in which Ann Rutledge dies, come to an end?
(a) The scene ends with only a beam of light from Abe's attic illuminating the stage.
(b) The scene ends when Lincoln stumbles offstage, leaving his friends worried about his fate.
(c) The scene ends with a prayer spoken by Nancy Green.
(d) The scene concludes with Lincoln on his knees in the attic, sobbing.

5. In Act 2, Scene 5, does Lincoln ask Mary Todd to marry him?
(a) No, but she plans to pop the question that evening.
(b) Yes, but she says she can't quite decide.
(c) Yes, but Elizabeth's objections put the matter on hold.
(d) No, but she expects he will ask that evening.

Short Answer Questions

1. Billy Herndon, Lincoln's law clerk, arrives in Act 2, Scene 6. What is his condition?

2. How does the weather complement Lincoln's mood when he arrives at the home of the Greens' with news of Ann's death?

3. Who is Billy Herndon?

4. According to Josh, how is Lincoln doing in the State Assembly?

5. What does Billy Herndon urge Lincoln's friends to do, as Herndon leaves the office in Act 2, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. William Herndon reacts vehemently to Lincoln's denunciation of Mary Todd's ambitions for Lincoln. What does Herndon, who is somewhat drunk, tell Lincoln?

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

3. Despite Mary Lincoln's and Josh Speed's entreaties that Lincoln treat his visitors seriously because they are influential, Lincoln can't help but give them a little of his backwood's humor. How does he respond when Henry D. Sturveson says they have come to see if Lincoln will be a suitable candidate?

4. Act 2, Scene 5 is fairly brief, with a heated discussion between Mary Todd and her sister and brother-in-law. While the characters talk about the possibility of Mary Todd marrying Lincoln, the proposal doesn't actually take place. What purpose does the scene serve?

5. Does Lincoln appear to be emotionally stable just after he announces the death of Ann Rutledge?

6. At the end of Act 2, Scene 4, Lincoln is about to attend an event that will change his life. Where is he going and what is going to happen there?

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

8. Mary Todd accepts Lincoln's return in Act 2, Scene 8 without much resistance. She extracts a promise from Lincoln that he'll never leave again, then declares her love for him and her determination "to fight by his side" until death parts them. Does Mary Todd truly love Lincoln or is she using him?

9. 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?

10. In Act 2, Scene 8, Lincoln apologizes for being a coward. He says he shrank from the marriage because he didn't want or believe in the destiny Mary envisions for him. Now, though, he says he wants to "strive to deserve" her faith. Does the way that Lincoln again asks her to marry him indicate that he loves her or has some other reason for marrying her?

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