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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 does Ann's love do for Lincoln?
(a) Her love inspires him to write great poetry.
(b) Her love makes him irritable because she is so needy.
(c) Her love makes him weak at the knees and fuzzy in his thoughts; he knows he can't make anything of himself.
(d) Her love makes him believe in God, believe that all things are possible, and he can do anything he wants.

2. What is Josh Speed's request to the Greens as he departs at the end of Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) He asks them to keep Lincoln with them and not let him out of their sight.
(b) He requests they accompany Lincoln to Springfield for opening of the Legislature.
(c) He wants them to take copious notes about Lincoln's mood.
(d) He asks them to call a physician to treat Lincoln's stress.

3. In Act 2, Scene 5, Lincoln mentions a woman "foxing" his pants--what does that mean?
(a) Something so scandalous that Mary Todd showed Lincoln the door before he could explain.
(b) The woman was flirting with him outrageously.
(c) Sewing buckskin around the lower legs to keep them from being shredded by underbrush.
(d) Attaching foxskins down the legs as a means of camoflauge.

4. Who are the main characters in the first scene of the play?
(a) Abe Lincoln and Seth Gale.
(b) Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln.
(c) Mentor Graham, Seth Gale and Mary Todd Lincoln.
(d) Abe Lincoln and Mentor Graham.

5. How much would Lincoln be paid as a member of the legislature?
(a) $2.50 a day.
(b) $3 a day.
(c) Nothing, it's a volunteer job.
(d) $5 a day.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the weather complement Lincoln's mood when he arrives at the home of the Greens' with news of Ann's death?

2. What does Lincoln do that impresses Ninian Edwards in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. What are the five indicative moods, as Lincoln knows them?

4. How does Act 1, Scene 3, in which Ann Rutledge dies, come to an end?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. The informal committee that came to recruit Lincoln to run for State Assembly in Act 1, Scene 2 has a larger political purpose in mind. What is it?

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

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