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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. When Lincoln arrives at the Edwards' home in Act 2, Scene 5, does he sense tension between Mary Todd and her sister?
(a) Yes, he feels there is electricity in the air, but tries to make casual conversation.
(b) Yes, he's aware of tension but assumes it's due to the bad marriage of Ninian and Mary's sister.
(c) He is so intent on asking for Mary's hand in marriage, he doesn't even notice her sister is in the room.
(d) He's oblivious to the tension, even though the two women are red-faced and teary-eyed.

2. What happens at the end of Act 2, Scene 4 that proves Lincoln's claim that he is a social success?
(a) Nancy Green accepts a job as his social secretary to keep track of his dates.
(b) Mary Todd sends Lincoln a thank-you note for a pleasant evening the previous week.
(c) Josh Speed introduces Lincoln to his sister.
(d) Ninian Edwards invites Lincoln home for dinner.

3. What is the purpose of Edwards' visit to New Salem in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) To bring law and order to New Salem.
(b) To recruit Lincoln to run for the State Assembly.
(c) To announce his own run for the presidency.
(d) To look at the Rutledge Tavern as an investment.

4. What are three things Lincoln likes about Ann Rutledge?
(a) She's brave, pretty and a political asset.
(b) She's smart, pretty and owns property.
(c) She's good-looking, sensible and wants a large family.
(d) She's sensible, brave and good-looking.

5. What are the Bowling Greens reading when Josh Speed arrives at their home in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) The Bourne Chronicles.
(b) The New York Review of Books.
(c) The Federalist Papers.
(d) The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote the poem that Lincoln's teacher gives him to read?

2. What excuse does Ninian Edwards give for getting himself and his wife out of the parlor so Lincoln can be alone with Mary Todd?

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

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

5. How does Lincoln surprise Ann Rutledge while she is clearing tables during Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. What is Josh Speed's opinion of Lincoln's personality and prospects, now that Lincoln is in the State Assembly?

5. 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.

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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