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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. In the debate, Douglas says Lincoln appears innocent but is very good at doing something dangerous with his words. What is it?
(a) Aiming verbal volleys with the accuracy of a sharpshooter.
(b) Tossing verbal lightning bolts with lethal force.
(c) Inserting daggers between an opponent's ribs.
(d) Flinging words like David flung stones.

2. What are Lincoln's visitors really looking for in their candidate for President?
(a) Someone honest enough to tell voters the truth, regardless of the consequences.
(b) A man who will appeal to Southerners leaning toward secession.
(c) Someone who will do what they tell him, both before and after the election.
(d) A candidate with enough education to appeal to businessmen.

3. In the debate, Lincoln accuses Douglas of pandering to both sides of the slavery issue. What does he mean?
(a) Telling the South he's for slavery and the North that it shouldn't be allowed to spread.
(b) Breathing heavily whenever the issue becomes heated.
(c) Offering a trip to China to see the giant Pandas if a compromise is reached.
(d) Refusing to take a stand either for or against slavery.

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) Congratulates Lincoln on the beauty of the house.
(c) Spills tea on the sofa.
(d) Offers Lincoln a job running his company.

5. What are the railroad workers in Illinois doing, according to Douglas, to protest their low wages?
(a) Nothing--they can't afford to offend their employers.
(b) They are striking, refusing to work.
(c) They are marching, singing "I've been working on the railroad."
(d) Looking for jobs in other industries.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Lincoln's appearance different from Election Day?

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

3. How old is Lincoln as he leaves Illinois for the White House?

4. What happens when Seth Gale's boy takes a turn for the worse before the doctor arrives at the end of Act 2, Scene 7?

5. What song does the band play as Lincoln departs?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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.

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