Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To whom did Webster present his arguments?

2. What was the preferred type of plays?

3. Some believe that Lincoln wanted to be compared to what great historical figure?

4. People often referred to the dead as returning where?

5. To which political party did Clay and Webster belong?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Edward Everett tie into the revival?

2. What were the repercussions of the mistakes made by both generals?

3. How did Joseph Story fit into the anti-slavery movement?

4. What did Lincoln claim was the founding document of the United States? Why?

5. Why did Mrs. Lincoln engage in contact with the spirit world? How was this done?

6. Explain the division of the parts for a traditional funereal oratory.

7. What political positions did Henry Clay hold?

8. Spiritualism was very popular in Lincoln's time. List at three forms of spirituality practiced at this time and explain each.

9. From what ailment did Lincoln suffer? What would it be called today?

10. Both the North and South confessed to making mistakes in their battle plans. What were the mistakes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the division of the nine parts for a traditional funereal oratory and the purpose of each. Also define the following terms: Logoslergion, Dirkaion, Progonoi, Autochthones, Progonoi, and Paideia.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the personalities, strengths and careers of Robert E. Lee and George Meade. Who had the biggest impact on the Civil War?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Lincoln's recurring jab at Stephen Douglas regarding interracial unions. Why is it that Lincoln insisted on bringing up this topic? What topic might Lincoln be able to avoid by using this joke? How do you think Stephen Douglas responded? Did the joke help Lincoln to get his point across to his constituents?

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