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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 are the five indicative moods, as Lincoln knows them?
(a) Indicative, Imperative, Potential, Subjunctive and Infinitive.
(b) Commanding, Questioning, Doubting, Inferior and Decisive.
(c) Sad, Glad, Mad, Grumpy and Giddy.
(d) Meditative, Imperial, Possible, Subjective and Infinite.

2. What does Mary Todd's sister predict if she marries Lincoln?
(a) A life in a quaint cabin, stitching buckskin clothing and raising a passel of children.
(b) A wanderer's life, as Lincoln can't seem to hold a decent job.
(c) A life in a miserable cabin, without servants and without decent clothing.
(d) A glittering life in the nation's capital, dancing with elegant Europeans.

3. Who is Elizabeth Edwards?
(a) The woman Abe Lincoln loves and wants to marry.
(b) The wife of a one-time presidential candidate.
(c) The author of two memoirs.
(d) Mary Todd's sister and Ninian Edwards' wife.

4. Who does Lincoln blame for all the political strife in the country?
(a) The Abolitionists.
(b) The Whigs.
(c) The U.S. Army.
(d) The British.

5. What opinion does Elizabeth Edwards have of Abe Lincoln?
(a) She calls him elegant, cultivated and likely to be rich some day soon.
(b) She says he has a simple soul and is a most amiable creature, but not suitable as a husband.
(c) Compared to other men, he would be at the top of her list of potential husbands.
(d) She thinks he's divinely good-looking, but shiftless.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Mary Todd tell her brother-in-law when he asks why she has chosen him as a husband?

3. What is it about politics that Lincoln dislikes?

4. What is the subject of the speech Lincoln is studying in the first scene?

5. What do Josh Speed and Bowling Green think might be the result, if slavery spreads further across the South?

Short Essay Questions

1. A few days after meeting Seth Gale, Abe Lincoln arrives at the home of Mary Todd. She is still single and Abe plans to ask her, again, to marry him. Does the fact that Mary is still single, two years after the broken engagement to Lincoln, indicate anything about her character? Support your answer with your interpretation of the text, both from Act 2, Scene 8 and from earlier episodes in the play.

2. Almost at the moment he learns of his election, Lincoln's life changes in a way he doesn't like. In the play, who or want is the sign of this change? And which of the play's themes does this change fit into?

3. Until he was elected, Lincoln was clean-shaven. But, as he heads to Washington to take office, he is bearded. Why did he grow a beard?

4. 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?

5. In Act 2, Scene 4, Lincoln continues to resist running for any office with more authority than the Electoral College. Why?

6. Why does Lincoln decide to run for office after talking to Ann, at the end of Act 1, Scene 2? Did she encourage him?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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