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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. Who, in Lincoln's headquarters, is the most anxious about the voting returns?
(a) Mary Todd Lincoln.
(b) Josh Speed.
(c) Ninian Edwards.
(d) Robert Lincoln.
2. What state delivers the final votes needed for Lincoln's victory?
(b) New York.
3. What causes Lincoln to change his mind about his future?
(a) After meeting Seth Gale, Lincoln realizes his destiny is in national service, as Mary always said.
(b) He understands he's not getting any younger or better looking, so it's time to settle down.
(c) After seeing Seth Gale's son, Lincoln realizes how much he wants children.
(d) He fails as a farmer and sees he must return to politics.
4. What is Mary Todd's mood when she finds out--at the last minute--that important men are coming to talk to her husband?
5. Asked how he'll feel if he loses, how does Lincoln predict he will feel?
(a) The greatest sense of relief.
(b) Crushed beyond belief.
(c) Afraid to face Mary.
(d) As flustered as a toad in hot water.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does the playwright describe the appearance of Stephen Douglas as he takes the stage to debate Lincoln?
2. What is the dream from ancient times that Lincoln speaks of in his farewell?
3. What's the first thing one of the guests in Act 3, Scene 10 does after sitting down in the Lincolns' parlor?
4. In the debate, Lincoln accuses Douglas of pandering to both sides of the slavery issue. What does he mean?
5. How does Lincoln conclude his prayer for the health of Jimmy Gale?
Short Essay Questions
1. In his prayer for Seth Gale's son, Lincoln also prays for something else. What is it?
2. While Lincoln asserts that he submits to the will of God, he doesn't belong to any church. What are his objections to organized forms of worship?
3. As he is leaving Springfield, what is Lincoln's hope regarding his future?
4. Where is Gale taking his family as he meets with Lincoln in Act 2, Scene 7? Why is he going?
5. As he waits for the election results, Lincoln calls the evening a "death watch." What are Lincoln's feelings about winning the election?
6. 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?
7. 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?
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. 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?
10. 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?
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