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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 the essential element Lincoln's party is seeking in a presidential candidate when they ask him to run?
(a) A willingness to raise taxes.
(b) The ability to get elected.
(c) An anti-slavery attitude.
(d) A strong military policy.
2. What does Seth Gale's wife want for her sick son, besides the help of a doctor?
(a) A bathtub full of cool water to calm his fever.
(b) A college scholarship so he won't have to live on the prairie.
(c) A minister to say a prayer.
(d) A minister to drive the evil spirits from his soul.
3. What institution does Douglas use to bolster his argument that negroes are not equal under the Constitution?
(a) The Catholic Church.
(b) The Supreme Court.
(c) The National Rifle Association.
(d) The American Civil Liberties Union.
4. What has Lincoln been doing since breaking his engagement to Mary Todd?
(a) Practicing law and building a fortune.
(b) Just drifting, down around Kentucky and Indiana.
(c) Studying to become a missionary preacher.
(d) Teaching down in Kentucky and Indiana.
5. What does Seth Gale suggest might happen if slavery spreads West to new states and territories?
(a) He says settlers might form another country or move to Canada.
(b) He thinks the Mexicans will attack if slavery spreads.
(c) He says settlers will be satisfied, regardless of the state of slavery.
(d) He predicts settlers will raise an army and declare war.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is it that the visitors to Lincoln's home in Act 3, Scene 10 want to talk about with him?
2. What is it about the Gale family's plans that seems most important to Lincoln?
3. Why does Mary agree to the public humiliation of taking Lincoln back after two years?
4. How does Mary Todd describe her part in the break-up of the engagement to Lincoln?
5. What does Lincoln ask Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
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. 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?
3. 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?
4. Where is Gale taking his family as he meets with Lincoln in Act 2, Scene 7? Why is he going?
5. In his prayer for Seth Gale's son, Lincoln also prays for something else. What is it?
6. Lincoln, says Douglas in the debate, is stirring up rebellion against authority. What is the danger that Douglas foresees? And what is the solution he proposes?
7. What is the effect on Lincoln of Gale's idealism, his vow to denounce his American citizenship if the government doesn't ban slavery?
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. 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?
10. As he is leaving Springfield, what is Lincoln's hope regarding his future?
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