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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 Josh, how is Lincoln doing in the State Assembly?
(a) Not well; he's been rabble-rousing with speeches against slavery.
(b) Great; he's getting kickbacks for legislation he sponsors.
(c) Fabulously well; he's shown himself to be a natural leader.
(d) Not well; he sits and draws his three dollars a day without paying attention.

2. What does Mary Todd tell her brother-in-law when he asks why she has chosen him as a husband?
(a) She says she loves Lincoln's political ambitions and his resemblance to Lochinvar.
(b) She believes Lincoln is destined for wealth and fame, which she craves.
(c) She responds that Lincoln will provide a life of stability and security.
(d) She can't give him a simple answer, but his is the life and destiny she wants to share.

3. In a poem given to Lincoln by his teacher in the first scene, life is compared to what?
(a) A fairy tale, a legend, a lie.
(b) A nightmare, a hallucination, a ghost.
(c) A river, a meadow, the wide horizon.
(d) A dream, a vision, a phantom.

4. What is Billy Herndon's flaw?
(a) He kills compulsively.
(b) He cheats at cards.
(c) He drinks too much and too often.
(d) He is a womanizer.

5. What is Lincoln's response to a poem he reads regarding life and death?
(a) It depresses him: "Life is sure 'nuff short, why think about death?"
(b) He is inspired to write his own poetry: "I've got a thought, Teacher, give me a pencil."
(c) He finds it strange: "I don't get the meaning of it, at all."
(d) He likes it: "It sure is good...it's fine!

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Ninian Edwards believe might be instigating the prospect of marriage between Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd?

2. What does Lincoln do at the end of Act 2, Scene 6?

3. What is the weather, as the Greens sit in their parlor, waiting for Abe to return from Ann Rutledge's home?

4. Why is Mary Todd so sure that Lincoln will be a success, and not stop to tell jokes, as her sister predicts?

5. Lincoln tells Josh Speed to give his letter for Mary Todd to Herndon to deliver. How does Josh respond?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

8. How desperate is Lincoln and what is the event that seems to have caused his emotional outbreak?

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

10. How does Nancy Green describe Lincoln's fear of falling in love in Act 1, Scene 3?

(see the answer keys)

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