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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 does William Seward harshly critique about Lincoln?

2. Who arrives on the train with Lincoln's secretaries?

3. What topic does Sprague talk about when he takes Kate riding?

4. Which female abolition opponent is introduced in Chapter 2?

5. What is the date of Lincoln's inauguration?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Lincoln's plan to attack the Confederacy as discussed in Chapter 18?

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Lincoln forced to hold Cabinet meetings in the Naval Department?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Abraham Lincoln. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 3

What is the point of view of the story? Why did Vidal choose to write the story from this perspective? What are the benefits and the limitations to this particular point of view?

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