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

2. What does Lincoln do with his notes before he begins speaking in the debate with Douglas?
(a) Puts them in his hat.
(b) Sticks them under his chair.
(c) Puts them on the podium.
(d) Rips them to pieces.

3. What state delivers the final votes needed for Lincoln's victory?
(a) Illinois.
(b) Georgia.
(c) New York.
(d) Missouri.

4. What is it about the Gale family's plans that seems most important to Lincoln?
(a) The success they've achieved with the dry-cleaning business.
(b) The relationship they've developed with Gobey.
(c) The care they have for the nation and the possiblity they will abandon America if slavery spreads.
(d) Their big dreams for their son's future.

5. What is Lincoln wearing as he arrives for the train to Washington?
(a) A plaid shawl over his shoulders.
(b) A gray, hand-tailored suit.
(c) A straw hat.
(d) The kilt of his family's clan.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lincoln describe Douglas' verbal skills?

2. What are Mary's first words to Abe when he arrives after a two-year absence?

3. What is it that the visitors to Lincoln's home in Act 3, Scene 10 want to talk about with him?

4. What is Mary Todd's mood when she finds out--at the last minute--that important men are coming to talk to her husband?

5. What's the first thing one of the guests in Act 3, Scene 10 does after sitting down in the Lincolns' parlor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Gale taking his family as he meets with Lincoln in Act 2, Scene 7? Why is he going?

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. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. In Act 2, Scene 7, it has been two years since Lincoln broke off his engagement. He has been drifting since then, but has returned to New Salem in time to meet his old friend, Seth Gale. The Gale family is heading west, to Oregon. Gale has had a hard journey and now his young son is suffering from swamp fever. What does he want from Lincoln at this time?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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