Lincoln 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. Who is known for drifting off during important discussions?

2. With whom does John Hay frequently spend time?

3. Which of the following does NOT describe Lincoln at the inaugural ball?

4. Who is Emilie Helm?

5. Who escorts Lincoln on a tour of Washington?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Albany Plan and how does it set the stage for political machinations throughout the novel?

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

3. How does Vidal describe Lincoln in the early part of the novel?

4. What is the Peace Conference and what is the nature of their visit with Lincoln?

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

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

7. How does the White House respond to Col. Ellsworth's death?

8. How can Lincoln's Inauguration Day be considered lackluster?

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

10. What does Lincoln do regarding Salmon P. Chase on the day after his inauguration that angers Chase?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln had four children. They are Robert, Eddie, Willie and Tad. Eddie died as a small boy and Willie dies while living in the White House. Tad will die a few years later leaving Robert the only living descendant. Describe the Lincolns' relationships with each of their children. Is it evident that one is the favorite? Who is the black sheep? Cite examples.

Essay Topic 2

Vidal is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony. Briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

Thomas Paine wrote that "These are the times that try men's souls." Despite being written during the times of the Revolutionary War, the statement still held true for those enduring the Civil War. Explain how the times tried the souls of Lincoln and his Cabinet and military officers. How did the times try the souls of civilians? How about slaves? Explain.

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