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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. Mary Todd enters Act 2, Scene 10 while Lincoln is talking with his sons and objects to something the oldest son is doing. What is it?
(a) Putting his feet on the furniture.
(b) Playing the piano with sticky fingers.
(c) Scratching under his arm.
(d) Smoking in the parlor.
2. What does Seth Gale suggest might happen if slavery spreads West to new states and territories?
(a) He thinks the Mexicans will attack if slavery spreads.
(b) He says settlers might form another country or move to Canada.
(c) He says settlers will be satisfied, regardless of the state of slavery.
(d) He predicts settlers will raise an army and declare war.
3. The influential men visiting Lincoln ask about his views on which two topics?
(a) Taxes and slavery.
(b) Slavery and bank regulation.
(c) Workers rights and religious faith.
(d) Religion and interstate commerce.
4. What is the last line of the play, sung by the crowd?
(a) "His soul goes marching on."
(b) "He stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni."
(c) "Happy days are here again."
(d) "God bless America."
5. How does Lincoln conclude his prayer for the health of Jimmy Gale?
(a) "Grant this boy the breath to live long enough to bury his father."
(b) "Give us all strength, oh God, to do the work that is before us."
(c) "Give us the strength to bear the death of this young boy."
(d) "Grant us the will to fight for the vitality of our nation."
Short Answer Questions
1. When Lincoln leaves the parlor for a moment, how does one of his visitors in Act 3, Scene 9 describe him?
2. How does Mary Todd describe her part in the break-up of the engagement to Lincoln?
3. How does the playwright describe the appearance of Stephen Douglas as he takes the stage to debate Lincoln?
4. Seth Gale tells Abe he's feeling "pretty scared" about his son's health. What does Lincoln tell him?
5. How many states are there on Election Day, 1860?
Short Essay Questions
1. In his prayer for Seth Gale's son, Lincoln also prays for something else. What is it?
2. Josh Speed is awaiting Lincoln's visitors, too. He is clearly aware of the tensions between Mary and Abe. How does Speed respond when Mary suggests that Speed, among others, probably thinks of her as a bitter, nagging woman?
3. Lincoln, says Douglas in the debate, is stirring up rebellion against authority. What is the danger that Douglas foresees? And what is the solution he proposes?
4. In Act 3, Scene 9, Stephen Douglas says the question of equal rights for slaves has been legally settled. How was the issue settled and what was the decision?
5. In Act 2, Scene 7, it has been two years since Lincoln broke off his engagement. He has been drifting since then, but has returned to New Salem in time to meet his old friend, Seth Gale. The Gale family is heading west, to Oregon. Gale has had a hard journey and now his young son is suffering from swamp fever. What does he want from Lincoln at this time?
6. Until he was elected, Lincoln was clean-shaven. But, as he heads to Washington to take office, he is bearded. Why did he grow a beard?
7. In Act 2, Scene 8, Lincoln apologizes for being a coward. He says he shrank from the marriage because he didn't want or believe in the destiny Mary envisions for him. Now, though, he says he wants to "strive to deserve" her faith. Does the way that Lincoln again asks her to marry him indicate that he loves her or has some other reason for marrying her?
8. The cheering crowd chants for Lincoln to make a speech from the back of the railroad car. He begins by naming the problems facing the nation. But he finishes on a note of hope. What outcome is Lincoln hoping to achieve?
9. Mary Todd accepts Lincoln's return in Act 2, Scene 8 without much resistance. She extracts a promise from Lincoln that he'll never leave again, then declares her love for him and her determination "to fight by his side" until death parts them. Does Mary Todd truly love Lincoln or is she using him?
10. As he is leaving Springfield, what is Lincoln's hope regarding his future?
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