Chasing Lincoln's Killer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

James L. Swanson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What query did Laura Keene make of Dr. Charles Leale after she gained entry to the President's box where Lincoln lay dying?

2. Where did Lewis Powell sleep on the two nights subsequent to the events at William Seward's house?

3. What injury did John Wilkes Booth sustain in his leap from the Presidential box to the theater stage?

4. How old was William Seward's daughter Fanny on the night of the assassination attempt?

5. What did the actress Laura Keene use as a passport into the President's box at Ford's Theater where Abraham Lincoln lay dying?

Short Essay Questions

1. What qualities of William Seward's situation caused him to chosen by the assassins as the third target in the assassination plot, in addition to Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson?

2. 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.

3. What methods does James L. Swanson use to convey the chaotic nature of the scene within Ford's Theater after John Wilkes Booth had escaped?

4. 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?

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

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

7. Who was the only audience member in Ford's Theater to chase after John Wilkes Booth and why did no one else follow him?

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

9. 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?

10. How does James L. Swanson demonstrate Fanny Seward's courage and ferocity within the scene of Lewis Powell's attempt to take her father's life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss three different women that appear within the book's narrative and compare and contrast their characteristics. How do their roles differ and how are their roles similar? Taken together, what depiction of women is present in the overall narrative? Choose concrete details about all three women to support your points.

Essay Topic 2

How is the theme of crafted performance portrayed within the book? Examine James L. Swanson's treatment of actors and their professions, the antagonist's acting career, and the theme of appearance versus reality throughout the novel. Support your points with concrete details from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Choose a symbolic object from the novel, such as Booth's pistol, Laura Keene's dress, or some other symbolic object and discuss its overall meaning and its connection to themes within the text. Use concrete details from the book to support your points.

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