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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. How many candidates are seeking the presidency?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Five.
(d) Three.

2. How does Mary Todd describe Lincoln's behavior and absence over the previous two years?
(a) A severe illness.
(b) A psychotic break.
(c) Alcoholism.
(d) Amnesia.

3. What is the dream from ancient times that Lincoln speaks of in his farewell?
(a) Mankind's dream of shaking off chains and finding freedom in the brotherhood of life.
(b) A dream that every home will have a chicken in every pot.
(c) The dream of stepping foot on the moon.
(d) A hope that every child will be born with a silver spoon for safe-keeping.

4. What do the red flags mean in the map of states in Lincoln's campaign headquarters?
(a) Red states are experiencing a measles epidemic.
(b) Red states are undecided.
(c) Red states are Communist.
(d) Red states are sure bets for Lincoln.

5. The influential men visiting Lincoln ask about his views on which two topics?
(a) Workers rights and religious faith.
(b) Religion and interstate commerce.
(c) Slavery and bank regulation.
(d) Taxes and slavery.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the debate, Lincoln accuses Douglas of pandering to both sides of the slavery issue. What does he mean?

2. How does Mary Todd describe her part in the break-up of the engagement to Lincoln?

3. Who is fetching water for Seth Gale's sick son in Act 2, Scene 7?

4. What legal case established that slaves should be considered property?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. A few days after meeting Seth Gale, Abe Lincoln arrives at the home of Mary Todd. She is still single and Abe plans to ask her, again, to marry him. Does the fact that Mary is still single, two years after the broken engagement to Lincoln, indicate anything about her character? Support your answer with your interpretation of the text, both from Act 2, Scene 8 and from earlier episodes in the play.

2. In their debate, Lincoln compares Douglas to a woman watching her husband fight for his life with a bear. When asked by her husband for an encouraging word, the woman says, "Go husband. Go bear." What was Lincoln saying about Douglas in that comparison?

3. 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?

4. At the beginning of the play's final scene, it's clear that national tension have risen as a result of Lincoln's election. What worries Kavanagh as he waits for the Lincolns to board the train for Washington?

5. As he is leaving Springfield, what is Lincoln's hope regarding his future?

6. 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?

7. While Lincoln asserts that he submits to the will of God, he doesn't belong to any church. What are his objections to organized forms of worship?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. In his prayer for Seth Gale's son, Lincoln also prays for something else. What is it?

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