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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, besides politics, does Lincoln have on his mind during the scene in the Rutledge Tavern?
(a) Asking town officials for a raise in his wages as postmaster.
(b) Running down to the town picnic for a piece of pie.
(c) Asking Ann Rutledge to consider him as a suitor.
(d) Taking over the family farm from his sick father.

2. Why is Ann's death such a setback to Lincoln?
(a) He fears any woman who loves him is doomed to an early death, like his mother.
(b) He depended on Ann's connections to the politically powerful in Washington.
(c) He doesn't feel he will be taken seriously as a candidate if he is single.
(d) Ann wrote his speeches; without her, he has nothing to say.

3. Who admits being the one who suggested recruiting Lincoln to run for office?
(a) Seth Gale.
(b) Josh Speed.
(c) Ann Rutledge.
(d) Jack Armstrong.

4. How does Lincoln define his "own great duty?"
(a) His duty is to defend the Constitution to the best of his understanding.
(b) He needs to go West and seize California from the Mexican government.
(c) He doesn't know what it is and he's tired of people nagging him about it.
(d) His duty is to mind his own business and he doesn't care what other people think.

5. What characteristics make Mary Todd a good catch in the eyes of most people?
(a) She speaks French, cooks Italian and comes from a line of English royalty.
(b) She's smart, cultivated and the daughter of a bank president.
(c) She's highly educated and would make a good Secretary of State.
(d) She is exceedingly beautiful and has a shy, retiring demeanor.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is Billy Herndon?

3. What is the true reason Lincoln wants to end the engagement with Mary Todd?

4. Who have Bowling Green, Ninian Edwards and Josh Speed come to New Salem to see?

5. Why can't Lincoln bring himself to shoot a deer?

Short Essay Questions

1. By Act 2, Scene 4, it is clear that Lincoln's friendship with Ninian Edwards (the governor's son) has advanced. What evidence does Lincoln offer of his popularity?

2. In Act 2, Scene 6, Lincoln decides to jilt Mary Todd on their wedding day. He plans to inform her in a long letter--a plan to which Josh Speed objects. Why does Speed object? In his mind, what does Lincoln's plan say about Lincoln as a man?

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. 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. 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?

6. Despite Mary Lincoln's and Josh Speed's entreaties that Lincoln treat his visitors seriously because they are influential, Lincoln can't help but give them a little of his backwood's humor. How does he respond when Henry D. Sturveson says they have come to see if Lincoln will be a suitable candidate?

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

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. 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?

10. As he waits for the election results, Lincoln calls the evening a "death watch." What are Lincoln's feelings about winning the election?

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