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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. Douglas accuses Lincoln of having sympathy for slaves but no sympathy for another suffering group of people. Who are they?
(a) Auto workers in Detroit.
(b) Windsurfers in Hawaii.
(c) Seamstresses on the East Coast.
(d) Textile workers in the North.
2. What are the railroad workers in Illinois doing, according to Douglas, to protest their low wages?
(a) They are striking, refusing to work.
(b) Nothing--they can't afford to offend their employers.
(c) They are marching, singing "I've been working on the railroad."
(d) Looking for jobs in other industries.
3. How is the crowd outside receiving voting results?
(a) Through their Twitter accounts.
(b) By images flashed by a magic lantern outside the State House.
(c) A crier shouts the results from the roof of the State House.
(d) Announcements are made by loudspeaker.
4. Who is the moderator of the debate between Lincoln and Douglas?
(a) Bowling Green.
(b) Ninian Edwards.
(c) Elizabeth Edwards.
(d) Whoopi Goldberg.
5. How does Mary Todd accept Lincoln's proposal at the end of Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) She dances happily into his arms and pulls his beard while saying yes.
(b) She bursts into tears and says she must marry him because he has ruined her reputation.
(c) She clutches him tightly, declares her undying love and begins sobbing.
(d) She appears to hesitate, keeping him wondering for a moment if she will accept.
Short Answer Questions
1. In the debate, Douglas says Lincoln appears innocent but is very good at doing something dangerous with his words. What is it?
2. What is Mary Todd's mood when she finds out--at the last minute--that important men are coming to talk to her husband?
3. What's the first thing one of the guests in Act 3, Scene 10 does after sitting down in the Lincolns' parlor?
4. What does Lincoln ask Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
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. 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?
2. 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?
3. 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?
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. What is the effect on Lincoln of Gale's idealism, his vow to denounce his American citizenship if the government doesn't ban slavery?
6. Lincoln has an outburst of his own, in response to Mary. What are his complaints against her?
7. 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?
8. 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?
9. 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?
10. 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?
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