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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. What is the coded message that David Herold carries across the river?
(a) "Lucifer, the god of the reviled, and downtrodden."
(b) "Lucifer, the son of morning, and Satan."
(c) "The cock crows at the hour of Lucifer's awakening."
(d) "Lucifer, god of the just and keeper of armaments."

2. Who is entertained by Annie Surratt?
(a) William McKenzie.
(b) David Harris.
(c) David Herold.
(d) Harold Davidson.

3. Who do the rebels think is the real boss in the U.S. government?
(a) Chase.
(b) Johnson.
(c) Hay.
(d) Seward.

4. How does Salmon P. Chase propose to pay for a war?
(a) Borrow money from England.
(b) Income tax.
(c) Tobacco tax.
(d) Fundraising.

5. What is the mood in Washington as Chapter 14 begins?
(a) Boisterous.
(b) At war.
(c) Quiet.
(d) Riotous.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can Lincoln's inaugural parade best be characterized?

2. Why is a secret Cabinet meeting held in the Naval Department?

3. On what day does Lincoln arrive in Washington?

4. Why has Lincoln arrived in Washington in great secrecy?

5. Who believes that one must experience hell before dying, not after?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Salmon P. Chase and what is his role in Lincoln's White House?

2. What is the nature of Chase's talks with Jay Cooke?

3. Whose arrival is anxiously anticipated in Chapter 14 to provide some security in Washington?

4. How is David Herold shaken when he sees the result of a coded message he had carried but had not been able to deliver?

5. What are David Herold's surprising views as he watches Lincoln walk to church?

6. Who is Elizabeth Keckley and what is her role in the Lincoln White House?

7. What perspectives do Chase and Seward hold as the war talk ramps up?

8. What is Lincoln's position on blacks at the beginning of the novel and how does that change as the story evolves?

9. What is the mood in Washington as Chapter 15 begins and what is on Seward's mind regarding Lincoln's presidency?

10. What is David Herold's first mission as a rebel courier and what is he told to focus on going forward?

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