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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 does Lincoln return to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) The Greens have asked him to mediate in their divorce.
(b) He has been kicked out of Springfiled for being drunk in public.
(c) Ann Rutledge is sick.
(d) Seth Gale summoned him with a letter.

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

3. What is Lincoln studying in the opening scene?
(a) The moods of a woman he would like to court.
(b) The moods of the English language.
(c) Punctuation marks.
(d) The plays of Shakespeare.

4. Who is President of the United States at the time Edwards visits New Salem to meet Lincoln?
(a) John Glenn.
(b) Andrew Jackson.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

5. Who is Ann Rutledge?
(a) A nun who has taken up the monastic life in Illinois.
(b) Lincoln's aunt.
(c) The postmistress of New Salem.
(d) The woman Abe Lincoln wants to court.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the purpose of Edwards' visit to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. Does Lincoln agree, in Act 2, Scene 6, with Josh's suggestion about his mental health?

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

4. What does Ann's love do for Lincoln?

5. Why is Ann's death such a setback to Lincoln?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Ninian Edwards, Lincoln's friend and brother-in-law of Mary Todd, enters with a gift and a wedding day message to Lincoln. What do the gift and the message tell the audience about Mary Todd?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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.

10. 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?

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