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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. On the night of April 11th at the Torchlight Parade, what did Lincoln say in his speech regarding African-Americans?
(a) That they should be free to marry whomever they chose, regardless of race.
(b) That they should be granted the right to vote.
(c) That they had waited too long to be freed from slavery.
(d) That they should each be granted 40 acres and a mule.

2. Who was the only other person in William Seward's bedroom besides William Seward and Fanny Seward?
(a) Major Rathbone, who was guarding William Seward.
(b) Sergeant Robinson, who was serving as a nurse to William Seward.
(c) Frederick Seward, who was helping Fanny to nurse their father William Seward.
(d) Ashton Lovelier, William Seward's main doctor.

3. What was the ultimate goal of John Wilkes Booth and his conspirators' plan to assassinate the Union government's top leaders?
(a) To be awarded a ransom.
(b) To incite the Confederacy to continue the war against the Union.
(c) To persuade General Lee to revoke his surrender.
(d) To install Confederate leaders in the place of the dead Union leaders the moment they were gone.

4. How many slaves had Dr. Samuel Mudd owned before The Emancipation Proclamation was enacted by Abraham Lincoln?
(a) 11.
(b) 15.
(c) 21.
(d) 5.

5. When Lewis Powell rang the bell at William Seward's house, what lie did he tell in order to gain entry?
(a) That he had a telegram addressed to William Seward.
(b) That he was delivering the Sewards' grocery order.
(c) That he wanted an autograph from William Seward.
(d) That he was a messenger delivering medicine to William Seward.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Lewis Powell carry with him to William Sewards' door in order to make his lie more believable?

2. What had John Wilkes Booth hidden along the carpet earlier in the day that he then used to barricade the door to the Presidential box behind him?

3. Who was the only audience member at Ford's Theater the night of the assassination to chase after John Wilkes Booth after the shooting?

4. What piece of medical equipment did Dr. Charles Leale send a hospital steward to retrieve so that he could work on Lincoln's brain in hopes of saving him?

5. What was Dr. Samuel Mudd's diagnosis once he examined John Wilkes Booth's injured leg?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the reasons that Dr. Charles Leale wanted to move Abraham Lincoln from the theater, even though he had just proclaimed his wounds sure to be fatal?

2. In what ways is Lewis Powell portrayed as a pathetic character after his attempt to take William Seward's life?

3. What is the author's purpose in relating the events of Mary Lincoln Todd's and Abraham Lincoln's afternoon together on the date of the assassination?

4. Over what issues was the American Civil War fought?

5. In the scene of Abraham Lincoln being moved from the theater, how does James L. Swanson get across the message of how damaging people's morbid curiosity can be?

6. What is the significance of the photo that was taken at Abraham Lincoln's inauguration and that includes John Wilkes Booth?

7. How does James L. Swanson characterize the personality of the actress Laura Keene, who was present at the scene of John Wilkes Booth's shooting of Abraham Lincoln.

8. How does James L. Swanson create suspense in the scene when Lewis Powell attempts to assassinate William Seward?

9. How was Frederick Seward injured during Lewis Powell's attempt to assassinate Secretary of State William Seward?

10. Since John Wilkes Booth could have easily gained an audience with President Abraham Lincoln in the Executive Mansion using his famous face, why did he not just assassinate him in such a meeting?

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