Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America Test | Final 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. According to Lincoln, the nation was conceived in ___________.

2. In what year was Pericles born?

3. Who was the first person to receive notification that the chosen spot for Lincoln's speech was not the correct one?

4. The speech claims that all men are created __________.

5. Which of these does not fit into Lincoln's list of things that cannot be done to the battlefield?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is credited with making the most logical choice for the location of Lincoln's address? What is the main element of proof?

2. Wills makes it a point to compare what theme in both speeches by Lincoln and Pericles?

3. What is the purpose of Wills marking out the parts of Pericles' speech?

4. What was Lincoln's opinion on violence versus non-violence?

5. Why was it important to state that the living should be devoted to the dead?

6. How many parts are contained in Everett's speech and what is the significance of the number?

7. According to Everett, what happened to the wounded left on the field?

8. Which version of the speech is the most popular? Why?

9. In what part does Everett talk about the battle itself? How are the parts separated?

10. What was the proposition made by the Founding Fathers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a great deal to be said about Everett's classic style as well as Lincoln's economical use of words. While both were effective styles, there were occasions when one was more appropriate than the other. Compare the styles of speech used by the two men. Also list differences and how they affected the overall presentation.

Essay Topic 2

Henry Clay and Daniel Webster were both prominent political figures during the Civil War. Although the men operated in two separate parts of the country, there are many similarities in their policies and actions in politics. Compare and contrast the lives of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster.

Essay Topic 3

Lincoln's friend, William Herndon, was very specific about Lincoln's use of language in both writing and speech. Recount William Herndon's lengthy list of observations. Do you think Herndon was correct in his assessment? Explain.

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