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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many states are there on Election Day, 1860?

2. What is Mary Todd's reaction to word of Lincoln's arrival at her home In Act 2, Scene 8?

3. What is it that the visitors to Lincoln's home in Act 3, Scene 10 want to talk about with him?

4. What are the issues on Lincoln's mind as he addresses the crowd?

5. What does Lincoln do with his notes before he begins speaking in the debate with Douglas?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In their debate, both Lincoln and Stephen Douglas use elaborate metaphors to describe one another--Douglas says Lincoln is adept at inserting a dagger into his opponent's ribs, while Lincoln parries that Douglas keeps 10 daggers in the air at once. Douglas says Lincoln slyly diverts a listener's attention from the real problems of free workers, while Lincoln says Douglas tells an audience whatever it wants to hear. Which man is the more effective speaker, judging from the debate in this play? Support your opinion with examples of both strengths and weaknesses.

Essay Topic 2

Early on, Lincoln tells his backers that--if he does decide to seek elected office--they won't find him arguing for change or progress or revolution. He continues to hold to this conservatism now that he is a lawyer--he describes himself as someone who "keeps his mouth shut and abides by the Constitution." How does Lincoln explain his aversion to getting involved and arguing for change in which he believes?

Essay Topic 3

This play, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, can be viewed as the opening scene of the larger drama of Lincoln's presidency. Many of its themes--his preoccupation with an early death, his sense of duty, his melancholy and self-doubt--will continue through the rest of his life. What new or little-known information about Lincoln, or insights about well-known facts, does the play present that might affect a person's perception of the Civil War President?

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