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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 is Lincoln's appearance different from Election Day?
(a) There is a patch over one eye.
(b) He is walking with a cane.
(c) He has a beard.
(d) He has shaved his head.

2. What is the sentence that Lincoln tells his farewell crowd is true and appropriate for all times and occasions?
(a) "This is the day the Lord has made."
(b) "One step for man, a giant step for mankind."
(c) "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."
(d) "And this, too, shall pass away."

3. What is it that the visitors to Lincoln's home in Act 3, Scene 10 want to talk about with him?
(a) Taking over the Department of Justice.
(b) Opening a local branch of Macy's.
(c) Shutting down the abolitionist newspaper.
(d) Running for President of the United States.

4. What's the first thing one of the guests in Act 3, Scene 10 does after sitting down in the Lincolns' parlor?
(a) Asks permission to smoke a cigar.
(b) Spills tea on the sofa.
(c) Offers Lincoln a job running his company.
(d) Congratulates Lincoln on the beauty of the house.

5. How does Lincoln describe Douglas' verbal skills?
(a) He slings arrows like Zeus.
(b) He juggles bullets.
(c) He keeps 10 daggers flashing in the air.
(d) He uses smoke and mirrors.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Seth Gale intend to settle his family?

2. What does Seth Gale suggest might happen if slavery spreads West to new states and territories?

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

4. What is the last line of the play, sung by the crowd?

5. How does Mary Todd accept Lincoln's proposal at the end of Act 2, Scene 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

7. In Act 3, Scene 10, which takes place in the Lincolns' home, it is clear that the Lincolns' marriage is not happy, or at the least, has problems. Thus far, the play has made clear Mary's part in creating problems. In this scene, the playwright uses a cigar to show that Lincoln isn't an innocent victim in the matter of the marriage. How does the cigar reveal one of Lincoln's faults?

8. Where is Gale taking his family as he meets with Lincoln in Act 2, Scene 7? Why is he going?

9. Stephen Douglas takes the position that "each state should mind its own business," says Lincoln in the debate. It might seem like the safer course, he argues, but there is a danger to following that advice. What is the danger that Lincoln foresees?

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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