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

2. 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 calls him elegant, cultivated and likely to be rich some day soon.
(c) She thinks he's divinely good-looking, but shiftless.
(d) Compared to other men, he would be at the top of her list of potential husbands.

3. What is the "good joke" Lincoln plans to tell Bowling Green at the end of Act 1, Scene 2 in the Rutledge Tavern?
(a) That Jack Armstrong, of the Clancy Groves boys, will run for the State Assembly.
(b) That Ann Rutledge has run off to marry Josh Speed.
(c) That a chicken crossed the road to get to the other side.
(d) That he will be a candidate for the assembly of the State of Illinois.

4. What is the local gossip in New Salem about Ann Rutledge?
(a) She is in line for a job as the town's teacher.
(b) She has been jilted by her fiance, who left town.
(c) She is secretly a witch.
(d) She is in love with Abe Lincoln.

5. Who wrote the poem that Lincoln's teacher gives him to read?
(a) John Brown.
(b) John Keats.
(c) John Lennon.
(d) John Singer Sargeant.

Short Answer Questions

1. On which holiday does Act 1, Scene 2 take place?

2. How does Lincoln intend to communicate his intentions to Mary Todd?

3. What is the purpose of Edwards' visit to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Who is President of the United States at the time Edwards visits New Salem to meet Lincoln?

5. Why is Ann's death such a setback to Lincoln?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe the setting in Act 2, Scene 5 (the parlor of the Edwards' home) and explain what the setting is meant to tell the audience.

3. Why does Lincoln decide to run for office after talking to Ann, at the end of Act 1, Scene 2? Did she encourage him?

4. Nancy Green and Bowling Green have a disagreement about whether Ann Rutledge is good for Lincoln. What are their respective opinions?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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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