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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is the moderator of the debate between Lincoln and Douglas?
2. What is it that the visitors to Lincoln's home in Act 3, Scene 10 want to talk about with him?
3. Who is fetching water for Seth Gale's sick son in Act 2, Scene 7?
4. What are Lincoln's visitors really looking for in their candidate for President?
5. How does Lincoln conclude his prayer for the health of Jimmy Gale?
Essay Topic 1
If one of the themes of the play is Lincoln's duty to serve his country, how does the playwright use symbols throughout the play to reinforce that theme?
Essay Topic 2
While discussing his political philosophy with those who want him to run for office, Lincoln tells them he is "conservative, all right. If I got into the legislature, you'd never catch me starting any movements for reform or progress." Is the playwright making an ironic observation by giving Lincoln that line? Explain your thinking, yes or no, using examples from the play.
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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