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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 does Lincoln frequently begin a sentence after his election?
(a) "As I live and breath..."
(b) "If I live..."
(c) "Whatever..."
(d) "Funnily enough..."

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

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 free negro who works for the family.
(c) Gobey, a runaway slave.
(d) Seth Gale's good friend, Gobey.

4. 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.

5. What is Lincoln doing as he waits for the voting results?
(a) Writing his memoirs.
(b) Pacing nervously.
(c) Bouncing a tennis ball.
(d) Reading newspapers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of Seth Gale's young son?

2. 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?

3. What is the essential element Lincoln's party is seeking in a presidential candidate when they ask him to run?

4. What has Mary Todd been doing while Lincoln entertains his guests?

5. What distinction does Lincoln draw between the slaves and downtrodden workers in the North?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

7. 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.

8. What is the effect on Lincoln of Gale's idealism, his vow to denounce his American citizenship if the government doesn't ban slavery?

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

10. 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?

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