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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 Billy Herndon's attitude toward Mary Todd on the day Lincoln is to be married?
(a) Herndon doesn't like Mary Todd, but he likes her ambitions for Lincoln.
(b) He is too drunk to really care, but he makes an insincere toast to the couple's happiness.
(c) He is opposed to the marriage because he's heard bad things about Mary Todd's temper.
(d) Herndon likes Mary Todd, but feels it will be a mistake for her to goad Lincoln into politics.

2. Besides debt, what topic often occupies Lincoln's mind?
(a) The prospect of civil war.
(b) The prospect of marriage.
(c) The prospect of a harsh winter.
(d) The prospect of death.

3. What is the wedding gift Ninian has brought Abe?
(a) A slave.
(b) A silver box of fine cigars.
(c) A stovepipe hat that will become Lincon's signature.
(d) A fine, silver-headed cane.

4. What is Lincoln's initial response to the idea of running for office?
(a) He weeps because his friends think so highly of him.
(b) He's excited and jumps at the chance.
(c) He thinks it's a comical notion and not a good idea.
(d) He is angry because he thinks the idea is a bad joke.

5. What subject is always heavy on Lincoln's mind?
(a) That if he ever gets out of debt, he'll get right back in again.
(b) That he will fail at the job of postmaster.
(c) That he'll never have a chance to run for public office.
(d) That his partner will buy the store where Abe works and fire him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What organization wants Lincoln to give a speech?

2. What does Mary Todd's sister predict if she marries Lincoln?

3. What is Billy Herndon's reaction to Lincoln's reasons for breaking off the engagement?

4. How does Mary Todd characterize the life her sister and brother-in-law have chosen?

5. In Act 2, Scene 6, Lincoln sits at his desk on the day he is to be married. What day of the year is it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Webster reacting or responding to in the speech Lincoln reads in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

5. 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?

6. Act 1, Scene 2 portrays Lincoln's first step toward a political destiny. The audience (or reader) knows that Lincoln will become one of the country's great Presidents. What symbols does the author use in this scene to heighten that feeling of political destiny?

7. 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?

8. Ninian Edwards is Lincoln's friend and an admirer, he tells Mary Todd. And yet, he is still unsure what she sees in Lincoln as a potential husband. What does Mary Todd tell her brother-in-law in response to that question?

9. In Act 2, Scene 4, Lincoln has a law clerk who is something of a firebrand--he believes deeply in abolition and tries to get Lincoln involved in the public debate. What is Lincoln's response?

10. 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?

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