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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 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) Teaching down in Kentucky and Indiana.
(d) Studying to become a missionary preacher.

2. At the end of Scene 2, Act 8, what is Lincoln's response to Mary's actions?
(a) He stands stiffly and dreams of moving to Oregon with Seth Gale.
(b) Repulsed by her embrace, he backs away and again changes his mind.
(c) He responds awkwardly, embracing her loosely while staring down at the carpet.
(d) He is as enthusiastic as she is and dances a little jig.

3. Why has Lincoln come to see Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) He has come to apologize for breaking their engagement.
(b) He has come for dinner, at the invitation of her brother-in-law.
(c) He has come to give word of his engagement to another woman.
(d) He has hopes she will revive his political career.

4. After 18 years of marriage to Lincoln, what is it that Mary Todd is bitter about?
(a) Lincoln chain smokes all over the house.
(b) Lincoln habitually puts his muddy boots on expensive furnishings.
(c) Lincoln still isn't politically ambitious enough to suit her.
(d) Lincoln spends too much time reading and not enough attention to her.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What plans are afoot in South Carolina in case of a Lincoln victory?

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

3. Why does Mary agree to the public humiliation of taking Lincoln back after two years?

4. What does Jack Armstrong tell Seth Gale about Lincoln while they wait for Lincoln's arrival in Act 2, Scene 7?

5. To which of Shakespeare's characters does Douglas compare Lincoln?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. While Lincoln asserts that he submits to the will of God, he doesn't belong to any church. What are his objections to organized forms of worship?

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. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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