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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 is the mood in Washington as Chapter 14 begins?

2. What is the name of the plan which called for Seward to run the government with Lincoln as a figurehead?

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

4. Who do the rebels think is the real boss in the U.S. government?

5. Who stalks Lincoln as he walks to church with Seward?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of Stephen Douglas' visit to the White House?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Vidal open the novel?

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

10. What does Lincoln accidentally lose and who will take advantage of this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Abraham Lincoln's during the time period covered in LINCOLN: A NOVEL. What were his plans upon arriving in Washington, D.C.? What was his personality? What behaviors were instilled in him that would make him a success in his later life?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the role of men in the 1860s when the men in the story are living through wartime. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century men do not?

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