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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. Why is Ann's death such a setback to Lincoln?
(a) Ann wrote his speeches; without her, he has nothing to say.
(b) He fears any woman who loves him is doomed to an early death, like his mother.
(c) He doesn't feel he will be taken seriously as a candidate if he is single.
(d) He depended on Ann's connections to the politically powerful in Washington.

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

3. Lincoln tells Josh Speed to give his letter for Mary Todd to Herndon to deliver. How does Josh respond?
(a) He throws the letter into the fire in the stove.
(b) He runs out the door with the letter.
(c) He gives the letter to Herndon.
(d) He rips the letter into tiny pieces and throws them on the floor.

4. Lincoln and Mary Todd are getting married, yet he seems to be in despair. Why?
(a) He discovers he loves Elizabeth Edwards, not Mary Todd.
(b) He wants to break the engagement and leave Mary Todd at the altar.
(c) Mary Todd has run off with Billy Herndon.
(d) Mary Todd has written him a letter, breaking their engagement.

5. How does Act 1, Scene 3, in which Ann Rutledge dies, come to an end?
(a) The scene ends when Lincoln stumbles offstage, leaving his friends worried about his fate.
(b) The scene ends with only a beam of light from Abe's attic illuminating the stage.
(c) The scene concludes with Lincoln on his knees in the attic, sobbing.
(d) The scene ends with a prayer spoken by Nancy Green.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Lincoln blame for all the political strife in the country?

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

3. What is Lincoln's new attitude toward God after Ann's death?

4. Why can't Lincoln bring himself to shoot a deer?

5. What does Lincoln's companion think of Lincoln's plan for his wedding?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. Josh Speed and Bowling Green are longtime friends of Lincoln's; they have urged him for years to seek higher political office. In Act 2, Scene 4, what is their attitude toward Lincoln's reluctance to run for an important elected position?

3. 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?

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

5. Why is it that debt is always heavy on Lincoln's mind during his early adulthood, covered by Act 1, Scene 1?

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

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

9. Does Lincoln's teacher agree or disagree with the argument Webster makes for maintaining the Union in the speech Lincoln reads in the first scene of the play?

10. At the end of Act 2, Scene 4, Lincoln is about to attend an event that will change his life. Where is he going and what is going to happen there?

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