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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 the name of Seth Gale's young son?
(a) Jonathon.
(b) Jeremy.
(c) Joshua.
(d) Jimmy.

2. How old is Lincoln as he leaves Illinois for the White House?
(a) 52.
(b) 47.
(c) 65.
(d) 71.

3. What does Lincoln ask Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) To contribute to his campaign.
(b) To leave town so he and Ninian Edwards can resume their friendship.
(c) To be his wife.
(d) To move west to Oregon with him and Seth Gale.

4. What is Mary Todd Lincoln's response to her husband's suggestion that she go home?
(a) She laughs and insists she's staying until the bitter end.
(b) She turns silently and leaves the room.
(c) She bursts into tears and slaps him.
(d) She becomes hysterical and says her husband hates her.

5. How many candidates are seeking the presidency?
(a) Five.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of President-elect Lincoln's bodyguard?

2. Why does Mary agree to the public humiliation of taking Lincoln back after two years?

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

4. What is the sentence that Lincoln tells his farewell crowd is true and appropriate for all times and occasions?

5. How many states are there on Election Day, 1860?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

8. As he is leaving Springfield, what is Lincoln's hope regarding his future?

9. Stephen Douglas takes the position that "each state should mind its own business," says Lincoln in the debate. It might seem like the safer course, he argues, but there is a danger to following that advice. What is the danger that Lincoln foresees?

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

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