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

Short Answer Questions

1. What plans are afoot in South Carolina in case of a Lincoln victory?

2. In the debate, Lincoln accuses Douglas of pandering to both sides of the slavery issue. What does he mean?

3. Asked how he'll feel if he loses, how does Lincoln predict he will feel?

4. How does Mary Todd accept Lincoln's proposal at the end of Act 2, Scene 8?

5. Who is fetching water for Seth Gale's sick son in Act 2, Scene 7?

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

Before the scene in which Lincoln debates Stephen Douglas, there has been talk about Lincoln's duty to the nation. But most descriptions of that perceived duty came from other characters, not Lincoln. Yet, in the debate with Douglas, Lincoln is very specific about not only his duty, but the duty of all citizens to do what's right for the country. At what point in the play does the audience sense that Lincoln has begun to see the exact shape of his duty? How does he come to define his responsibility? Does the audience (or reader) see his thinking evolve?

Essay Topic 3

Ben Mattling, the hard-drinking Revolutionary War veteran in Rutledge's Tavern, tells Lincoln to stay out of politics: "You have no place in that den of thieves that's called government," he says. What is going on in the country (as described or implied in the play) that has so enraged Mattling about government? Why does he think Lincoln is unsuited for elected office?

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