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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 the weather complement Lincoln's mood when he arrives at the home of the Greens' with news of Ann's death?
(a) The weather is as stormy as his mood.
(b) A blizzard settles in, reflecting the cold that has settled in his heart.
(c) The weather is as clear as his conscience.
(d) The wind howls in agony along with him.

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

3. What is the true reason Lincoln wants to end the engagement with Mary Todd?
(a) He believes she really wants to marry Stephen Douglas.
(b) She has taken to wearing spurs and brandishing a whip when they are alone.
(c) He hates her ambitions for him and doesn't want to be driven to achieve her goals for the rest of his life.
(d) He knows he is losing his mind and wants to spare her from sharing his pain.

4. What are the Bowling Greens reading when Josh Speed arrives at their home in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) The Federalist Papers.
(b) The New York Review of Books.
(c) The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
(d) The Bourne Chronicles.

5. What is Bowling Green's attitude toward the possibility of Lincoln marrying Ann Rutledge?
(a) He's for the marriage; Ann's family has a lot of money to spend on campaigns.
(b) He's all for the marriage; he thinks Ann will keep Lincoln on track.
(c) He is against the marriage; he knows Ann has been seeing someone else.
(d) Judge Green is against it; he thinks Ann will be a hindrance to Lincoln.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the "good joke" Lincoln plans to tell Bowling Green at the end of Act 1, Scene 2 in the Rutledge Tavern?

2. Ninian Andrews arrives at Lincoln's office and learns about a sad event. What is it?

3. What is Lincoln's initial response to the idea of running for office?

4. What are the two professions open to people who fail at everything else, according to Lincoln's teacher?

5. What advice does Josh Speed give Lincoln regarding his mental health?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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. 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 continues to resist running for any office with more authority than the Electoral College. Why?

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?

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