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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 Mary Todd's mood when she finds out--at the last minute--that important men are coming to talk to her husband?
2. 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) Flinging words like David flung stones.
(c) Tossing verbal lightning bolts with lethal force.
(d) Inserting daggers between an opponent's ribs.
3. To which of Shakespeare's characters does Douglas compare Lincoln?
4. What is the essential element Lincoln's party is seeking in a presidential candidate when they ask him to run?
(a) An anti-slavery attitude.
(b) A willingness to raise taxes.
(c) The ability to get elected.
(d) A strong military policy.
5. At the end of Scene 2, Act 8, what is Lincoln's response to Mary's actions?
(a) He responds awkwardly, embracing her loosely while staring down at the carpet.
(b) Repulsed by her embrace, he backs away and again changes his mind.
(c) He is as enthusiastic as she is and dances a little jig.
(d) He stands stiffly and dreams of moving to Oregon with Seth Gale.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do the red flags mean in the map of states in Lincoln's campaign headquarters?
2. How does the playwright describe the appearance of Stephen Douglas as he takes the stage to debate Lincoln?
3. What is it about the Gale family's plans that seems most important to Lincoln?
4. What is the mood of the crowd surging around Lincoln at the railroad station?
5. What is the name of President-elect Lincoln's bodyguard?
Short Essay Questions
1. In his prayer for Seth Gale's son, Lincoln also prays for something else. What is it?
2. 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?
3. Lincoln has an outburst of his own, in response to Mary. What are his complaints against her?
4. 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?
5. 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?
6. 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?
7. 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?
8. In Act 2, Scene 8, Lincoln apologizes for being a coward. He says he shrank from the marriage because he didn't want or believe in the destiny Mary envisions for him. Now, though, he says he wants to "strive to deserve" her faith. Does the way that Lincoln again asks her to marry him indicate that he loves her or has some other reason for marrying her?
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. 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?
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