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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. Who is Billy Herndon?
(a) The boy who delivers mid-afternoon coffee and lottery tickets.
(b) The illegitimate son of Josh Speed.
(c) A law clerk in Lincoln's office.
(d) A client of Lincoln's who is accused of murder.

3. What excuse does Ninian Edwards give for getting himself and his wife out of the parlor so Lincoln can be alone with Mary Todd?
(a) He takes his wife dancing.
(b) He doesn't give an excuse, just grabs his wife's arm and hustles her off stage.
(c) The two have to hear their children's bedtime prayers.
(d) He feigns an injury and asks his wife to help him upstairs.

4. 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 wind howls in agony along with him.
(d) The weather is as clear as his conscience.

5. Who gave the speech that Lincoln's teacher has him read?
(a) Alexander Hamilton.
(b) Daniel Webster.
(c) George Washington.
(d) James Madison.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, besides politics, does Lincoln have on his mind during the scene in the Rutledge Tavern?

2. What is a benefit of being in the state capitol that might entice Lincoln to run for office?

3. What reason does Lincoln give in Act 2, Scene 4 for turning down the opportunity to speak against slavery?

4. What is happening when Lincoln enters Rutledge Tavern to deliver mail?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Act 1, Scene 3, what is the relationship of Lincoln to Nancy and Bowling Green?

2. In Act 2, Scene 6, Lincoln decides to jilt Mary Todd on their wedding day. He plans to inform her in a long letter--a plan to which Josh Speed objects. Why does Speed object? In his mind, what does Lincoln's plan say about Lincoln as a man?

3. In Act 2, Scene 5, Elizabeth Edwards and her sister, Mary Todd, have a spirited discussion about Abraham Lincoln and whether he would be a good match for Mary Todd. What does their argument tell the audience about the sisters' personalities?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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. 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?

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