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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 is Billy Herndon's reaction to Lincoln's reasons for breaking off the engagement?
(a) Herndon says Lincoln is really trying to escape his own failure to serve the country.
(b) He is stunned and speechless. He finishes off the bottle in his pocket.
(c) He is gobsmacked, but he helps Lincoln write another letter.
(d) Herndon agrees that Mary Todd is a witch and says he's glad Lincoln changed his mind.

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

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

4. 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) Sewing buckskin around the lower legs to keep them from being shredded by underbrush.
(c) Attaching foxskins down the legs as a means of camoflauge.
(d) The woman was flirting with him outrageously.

5. What is Lincoln's attitude about people before he meets Ann Rutledge?
(a) It's best not to get too close to people; they see the insanity behind the surface.
(b) All people are to a degree insane, but that shouldn't stop one from getting close to them.
(c) The best thing is to take a vow of silence in order not to be bothered by fools.
(d) Getting close to others is the best antidote in the world to loneliness.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lincoln jokingly describe, in Act 2, Scene 5, the act of defending a murder suspect?

2. What are the two professions open to people who fail at everything else, according to Lincoln's teacher?

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

4. What is Josh Speed's request to the Greens as he departs at the end of Act 1, Scene 3?

5. Lincoln tells Josh Speed to give his letter for Mary Todd to Herndon to deliver. How does Josh respond?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

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

5. In Act 2, Scene 4, Lincoln has a law clerk who is something of a firebrand--he believes deeply in abolition and tries to get Lincoln involved in the public debate. What is Lincoln's response?

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. 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?

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. Nancy Green and Bowling Green have a disagreement about whether Ann Rutledge is good for Lincoln. What are their respective opinions?

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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