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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. Chase and Seward agree between themselves that Lincoln must let them run the government as a ____________.

2. What order does Lincoln issue about Fort Sumter in Chapter 11?

3. Which general does Lincoln order to take command after McDowell's retreat?

4. How does President Buchanan feel about leaving office?

5. Who is the scandalous reporter for the New York Herald?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Vidal open the novel?

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

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

10. How are the beginnings of a conspiracy against Lincoln introduced in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In addition to war on their homeland, people in mid-19th century America were also very vulnerable to the threat of serious illnesses such as typhoid fever. Cite some examples from the book in which people die or are in serious danger of their lives due to diseases that can be better managed today.

Essay Topic 2

What is your opinion of David Herold? Do you think he was a willful man bent on his own destruction for his own purposes? Or is he someone to be pitied for his misguided sense of loyalty and duty? Or is he someone else entirely? State your position on Herold and support your answer with rationale.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of struggle. Identify at least two instances about struggle in the story and then cite examples to support your answers.

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