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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 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.

2. Ninian Andrews arrives at Lincoln's office and learns about a sad event. What is it?
(a) Jack Armstrong is in jail for murder.
(b) Lincoln's dog, Rufus, has been killed in a hunting mishap.
(c) The death of Lincoln's friend, Bowling Green.
(d) Seth Gale's mother is dead of malaria.

3. What does Lincoln do at the end of Act 2, Scene 6?
(a) He decides he must go through with the wedding.
(b) He leaves to break off his engagement in person.
(c) He leaves town without informing Mary Todd.
(d) He writes another letter, telling Mary Todd he hates her.

4. 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.

5. Where has Lincoln been, just before he arrives at the Edwards' home in Act 2, Scene 5?
(a) At the Statehouse, lobbying against gun registration.
(b) Visiting a potential client in jail.
(c) Fox hunting.
(d) Visiting another woman, to whom he plans to propose.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Nancy Green in Act 1, Scene 3, why can't Lincoln face life without a woman by his side?

2. What is Lincoln's response to a poem he reads regarding life and death?

3. In Scene 2, Act 4, Lincoln receives a letter from his old friend, Seth Gale. What is Gale worrying about?

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

5. Billy Herndon, Lincoln's law clerk, arrives in Act 2, Scene 6. What is his condition?

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. Does Lincoln appear to be emotionally stable just after he announces the death of Ann Rutledge?

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

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

5. How does Mary Todd characterize the man her sister married and the life they have together? And what is wrong with that life, according to Mary Todd?

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

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

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