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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 does Lincoln ask Mary Todd in Act 2, Scene 8?
(a) To be his wife.
(b) To contribute to his campaign.
(c) To move west to Oregon with him and Seth Gale.
(d) To leave town so he and Ninian Edwards can resume their friendship.
2. What does Seth Gale's wife want for her sick son, besides the help of a doctor?
(a) A bathtub full of cool water to calm his fever.
(b) A college scholarship so he won't have to live on the prairie.
(c) A minister to say a prayer.
(d) A minister to drive the evil spirits from his soul.
3. Who is Lincoln's main rival for the presidency?
(a) Stephen Douglas.
(b) William Herndon.
(c) Uriah Heep.
(d) Andrew Jackson.
4. When Lincoln leaves the parlor for a moment, how does one of his visitors in Act 3, Scene 9 describe him?
(a) A lawyer as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
(b) One of the most astute politicians who ever emerged from a backwoods log cabin.
(c) A demagogue who could play the ringmaster in a Barnum and Bailey Circus.
(d) One of the smoothest, slickest politicians that ever hoodwinked a yokel mob.
5. What is it about the Gale family's plans that seems most important to Lincoln?
(a) The relationship they've developed with Gobey.
(b) Their big dreams for their son's future.
(c) The success they've achieved with the dry-cleaning business.
(d) The care they have for the nation and the possiblity they will abandon America if slavery spreads.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many candidates are seeking the presidency?
2. In the debate, Lincoln accuses Douglas of pandering to both sides of the slavery issue. What does he mean?
3. What happens when Seth Gale's boy takes a turn for the worse before the doctor arrives at the end of Act 2, Scene 7?
4. What is the essential element Lincoln's party is seeking in a presidential candidate when they ask him to run?
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. 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?
3. 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?
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. As he waits for the election results, Lincoln calls the evening a "death watch." What are Lincoln's feelings about winning the election?
6. 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?
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. 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. 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?
10. 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?
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