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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 are the railroad workers in Illinois doing, according to Douglas, to protest their low wages?
(a) They are marching, singing "I've been working on the railroad."
(b) Nothing--they can't afford to offend their employers.
(c) Looking for jobs in other industries.
(d) They are striking, refusing to work.

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

3. How does Mary Todd accept Lincoln's proposal at the end of Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) She dances happily into his arms and pulls his beard while saying yes.
(b) She appears to hesitate, keeping him wondering for a moment if she will accept.
(c) She clutches him tightly, declares her undying love and begins sobbing.
(d) She bursts into tears and says she must marry him because he has ruined her reputation.

4. At the beginning of Act 3, Scene 10, Lincoln is sitting in his parlor with his sons. How many did he have?
(a) Three.
(b) Seven.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

5. What has Lincoln been doing since breaking his engagement to Mary Todd?
(a) Just drifting, down around Kentucky and Indiana.
(b) Teaching down in Kentucky and Indiana.
(c) Practicing law and building a fortune.
(d) Studying to become a missionary preacher.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How old is Lincoln as he leaves Illinois for the White House?

3. How does Lincoln conclude his prayer for the health of Jimmy Gale?

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

5. In Act 2, Scene 7, what is the fear Seth Gale has about traveling with Gobey?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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. 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. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

9. 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.

10. 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?

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