Abe Lincoln in Illinois Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does the John Keats poem, "On Death," which Lincoln reads at the end of Scene 1, reflect his personality or philosophy? What does the poem say about life and why does Lincoln seem to agree with it? Does his reaction to Ann Rutledge--later, when she says she can envision falling in love with him--signal a change in his outlook from his initial reaction to the poem?

Essay Topic 2

Based on his self-descriptions in the scene set in Springfield with Josh Speed and Bowling Green--"I'm no fighting man," he says--is Lincoln a coward who won't fight for what he believes? How does Lincoln explain his own "cowardice?"

Essay Topic 3

From the opening scene, Lincoln is preoccupied with the specter of premature death. Even as he bids farewell to the people of Springfield, he seems melancholy and doubtful that he will ever return to the town. Trace the line of Lincoln's fatalism through the play. Explain its origins and describe what effect, if any, it had on Lincoln's initial reluctance to take a step onto the national stage.

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