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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. Where does Seth Gale intend to settle his family?
(a) New Mexico.
(b) Nevada.
(c) Oregon.
(d) Texas.

2. Who, in Lincoln's headquarters, is the most anxious about the voting returns?
(a) Josh Speed.
(b) Mary Todd Lincoln.
(c) Robert Lincoln.
(d) Ninian Edwards.

3. Who is the moderator of the debate between Lincoln and Douglas?
(a) Whoopi Goldberg.
(b) Elizabeth Edwards.
(c) Bowling Green.
(d) Ninian Edwards.

4. What university does Lincoln's oldest son attend?
(a) Stanford.
(b) University of Illinois.
(c) Harvard.
(d) Drake.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Lincoln doing as he waits for the voting results?

2. What do the red flags mean in the map of states in Lincoln's campaign headquarters?

3. What state delivers the final votes needed for Lincoln's victory?

4. What are Lincoln's visitors really looking for in their candidate for President?

5. Who is fetching water for Seth Gale's sick son in Act 2, Scene 7?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

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