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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. Why does Mary agree to the public humiliation of taking Lincoln back after two years?
(a) Lincoln promises to make a public declaration of his undying love on the courthouse steps.
(b) She will control Lincoln by using his shame about their broken engagement.
(c) The humiliation will be wiped out by "ultimate triumph."
(d) She never worries about what others think of her.
2. What is it that the visitors to Lincoln's home in Act 3, Scene 10 want to talk about with him?
(a) Shutting down the abolitionist newspaper.
(b) Running for President of the United States.
(c) Taking over the Department of Justice.
(d) Opening a local branch of Macy's.
3. What has Mary Todd been doing while Lincoln entertains his guests?
(a) Throwing a tantrum.
(b) Making tea.
(c) Listening at the door.
(d) Hemming a dress.
4. What is Mary Todd Lincoln's response to her husband's suggestion that she go home?
(a) She turns silently and leaves the room.
(b) She becomes hysterical and says her husband hates her.
(c) She laughs and insists she's staying until the bitter end.
(d) She bursts into tears and slaps him.
5. In Act 2, Scene 7, what is the fear Seth Gale has about traveling with Gobey?
(a) He's fearful Gobey's previous owner will appear to reclaim him.
(b) He's careful to stay in free territory to avoid Gobey being kidnapped and sold into slavery.
(c) He believes Gobey is planning to escape on the Underground Railroad.
(d) He's afraid to take Gobey across state borders because he doesn't have a passport.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who, in Lincoln's headquarters, is the most anxious about the voting returns?
2. What is the last line of the play, sung by the crowd?
3. What are the railroad workers in Illinois doing, according to Douglas, to protest their low wages?
4. What plans are afoot in South Carolina in case of a Lincoln victory?
5. Asked how he'll feel if he loses, how does Lincoln predict he will feel?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Where is Gale taking his family as he meets with Lincoln in Act 2, Scene 7? Why is he going?
3. As he is leaving Springfield, what is Lincoln's hope regarding his future?
4. Lincoln tells Mary Todd that his encounter with Seth Gale a few days earlier was the spur that brought him to her door. What was the decision Lincoln made while visiting with Gale and how does the playwright convey Lincoln's ambivalence about that decision?
5. 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?
6. 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?
7. 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?
8. 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?
9. 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?
10. 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?
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