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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 is Mary Todd's reaction to word of Lincoln's arrival at her home In Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) She is startled, but agrees to see him.
(b) She is surprised; tears pour down her cheeks.
(c) She is enraged and slams the door.
(d) She is shocked because she is now married to someone else.

2. What institution does Douglas use to bolster his argument that negroes are not equal under the Constitution?
(a) The Supreme Court.
(b) The Catholic Church.
(c) The American Civil Liberties Union.
(d) The National Rifle Association.

3. Who is fetching water for Seth Gale's sick son in Act 2, Scene 7?
(a) The Gale family slave, Gobey.
(b) Gobey, a runaway slave.
(c) Seth Gale's good friend, Gobey.
(d) Gobey, a free negro who works for the family.

4. At the beginning of Act 3, Scene 10, Lincoln is sitting in his parlor with his sons. How many did he have?
(a) Three.
(b) Seven.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

5. What does Jack Armstrong tell Seth Gale about Lincoln while they wait for Lincoln's arrival in Act 2, Scene 7?
(a) Lincoln has "come up in town and thinks too much of himself."
(b) Lincoln has "slipped down and ain't much like his comical self."
(c) Lincoln "is his same comical old self."
(d) Lincoln "ain't the same since he married Mary Todd."

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act 2, Scene 7, what is the fear Seth Gale has about traveling with Gobey?

2. What do the red flags mean in the map of states in Lincoln's campaign headquarters?

3. Douglas accuses Lincoln of having sympathy for slaves but no sympathy for another suffering group of people. Who are they?

4. What state delivers the final votes needed for Lincoln's victory?

5. What is the name of President-elect Lincoln's bodyguard?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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.

4. 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?

5. On Election Day, as the Lincolns wait for voting results, Mary becomes increasingly anxious. Finally, Lincoln suggests she go home to wait. She responds with a surprising outburst. What does she say and why does she feel so strongly?

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Lincoln has an outburst of his own, in response to Mary. What are his complaints against her?

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

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