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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. How many states are there on Election Day, 1860?
(a) 33.
(b) 13.
(c) 27.
(d) 12.

2. Who is Lincoln's main rival for the presidency?
(a) Stephen Douglas.
(b) Andrew Jackson.
(c) William Herndon.
(d) Uriah Heep.

3. What is it that the visitors to Lincoln's home in Act 3, Scene 10 want to talk about with him?
(a) Running for President of the United States.
(b) Opening a local branch of Macy's.
(c) Shutting down the abolitionist newspaper.
(d) Taking over the Department of Justice.

4. Who, in Lincoln's headquarters, is the most anxious about the voting returns?
(a) Josh Speed.
(b) Robert Lincoln.
(c) Mary Todd Lincoln.
(d) Ninian Edwards.

5. 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 clutches him tightly, declares her undying love and begins sobbing.
(c) She appears to hesitate, keeping him wondering for a moment if she will accept.
(d) She bursts into tears and says she must marry him because he has ruined her reputation.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Mary Todd enters Act 2, Scene 10 while Lincoln is talking with his sons and objects to something the oldest son is doing. What is it?

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

4. What's the first thing one of the guests in Act 3, Scene 10 does after sitting down in the Lincolns' parlor?

5. What promise does Mary Todd extract from Lincoln before agreeing to marry him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Where is Gale taking his family as he meets with Lincoln in Act 2, Scene 7? Why is he going?

3. 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?

4. In his prayer for Seth Gale's son, Lincoln also prays for something else. What is it?

5. 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?

6. As he waits for the election results, Lincoln calls the evening a "death watch." What are Lincoln's feelings about winning the election?

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

8. 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?

9. Almost at the moment he learns of his election, Lincoln's life changes in a way he doesn't like. In the play, who or want is the sign of this change? And which of the play's themes does this change fit into?

10. 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.

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