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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. Douglas accuses Lincoln of having sympathy for slaves but no sympathy for another suffering group of people. Who are they?
(a) Auto workers in Detroit.
(b) Windsurfers in Hawaii.
(c) Seamstresses on the East Coast.
(d) Textile workers in the North.
2. What does Lincoln ask Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) To contribute to his campaign.
(b) To be his wife.
(c) To leave town so he and Ninian Edwards can resume their friendship.
(d) To move west to Oregon with him and Seth Gale.
3. What do the red flags mean in the map of states in Lincoln's campaign headquarters?
(a) Red states are undecided.
(b) Red states are sure bets for Lincoln.
(c) Red states are experiencing a measles epidemic.
(d) Red states are Communist.
4. How many candidates are seeking the presidency?
5. What does Seth Gale's wife want for her sick son, besides the help of a doctor?
(a) A college scholarship so he won't have to live on the prairie.
(b) A minister to drive the evil spirits from his soul.
(c) A bathtub full of cool water to calm his fever.
(d) A minister to say a prayer.
Short Answer Questions
1. What are the railroad workers in Illinois doing, according to Douglas, to protest their low wages?
2. What is the name of Seth Gale's young son?
3. Who is fetching water for Seth Gale's sick son in Act 2, Scene 7?
4. What causes Lincoln to change his mind about his future?
5. Who, in Lincoln's headquarters, is the most anxious about the voting returns?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the effect on Lincoln of Gale's idealism, his vow to denounce his American citizenship if the government doesn't ban slavery?
2. 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?
3. 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?
4. As he waits for the election results, Lincoln calls the evening a "death watch." What are Lincoln's feelings about winning the election?
5. 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?
6. As he is leaving Springfield, what is Lincoln's hope regarding his future?
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. 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?
9. 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?
10. Where is Gale taking his family as he meets with Lincoln in Act 2, Scene 7? Why is he going?
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