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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 legal case established that slaves should be considered property?
(a) Marbury v. Madison.
(b) Dred Scott v. Sandford.
(c) Brown v. Board of Education.
(d) The Slaughterhouse Cases.

2. What distinction does Lincoln draw between the slaves and downtrodden workers in the North?
(a) The workers have the right to strike, slaves do not.
(b) The slaves can run away, the workers cannot.
(c) Slaves live on plantations, workers live in cities.
(d) The workers live with harsh winters, the slaves do not.

3. What is the mood of the crowd surging around Lincoln at the railroad station?
(a) Disapproving and sullen.
(b) Hostile and silent.
(c) There was no crowd, it was pouring rain.
(d) Happy and admiring.

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

5. What song does the band play as Lincoln departs?
(a) "Ave Maria."
(b) "John Brown's Body."
(c) "Happy Days Are Here Again."
(d) "Let It Be."

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the moderator of the debate between Lincoln and Douglas?

2. In the debate, Lincoln accuses Douglas of pandering to both sides of the slavery issue. What does he mean?

3. What does Lincoln ask Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?

4. Who, in Lincoln's headquarters, is the most anxious about the voting returns?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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 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. 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?

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

6. 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?

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. 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?

9. 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?

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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