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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why was Lincoln called the 'Lone Star'?
(a) Because he was the only Whig in the Illinois delegation.
(b) Because of his obvious talent and his aloofness.
(c) Because he was originally from Texas.
(d) Because he was known for keeping to himself.

2. When was Lincoln elected to Congress?
(a) 1846.
(b) 1847.
(c) 1842.
(d) 1852.

3. What industry did Lincoln begin to represent in court after he returned to Illinois?
(a) Farmers.
(b) Exporters.
(c) Railroad.
(d) Cattlemen.

4. Why did Lincoln move back to Illinois after his first term in Washington, DC?
(a) He lost the election for his own seat.
(b) He wanted to spend more time with his family.
(c) He retired from the House.
(d) He was not chosen as the candidate who would run for his own seat.

5. What did Lincoln advocate in his inauguration address?
(a) Declaring war on the South.
(b) Compelling the South to return to the Union.
(c) Reducing the tension over slavery.
(d) Preserving the Union.

6. Whom did Lincoln follow around through his home county?
(a) Other lawyers.
(b) His business partner.
(c) Newspapermen.
(d) The district judge.

7. What did Lincoln accuse Polk of, when he was serving as a Representative?
(a) Starting a war illegally.
(b) Cronyism.
(c) Dishonesty.
(d) Corruption.

8. What was Lincoln's policy between the election in 1860 and his inauguration in 1861?
(a) To anticipate the Civil War.
(b) Not to make speeches.
(c) To browbeat the Southern states.
(d) To announce his policies.

9. Describe Lincoln's schooling.
(a) He was not schooled much because he had to work with the family.
(b) He was schooled at home by his parents.
(c) He studied a little but never distinguished himself.
(d) He was the first child sent away to school.

10. About what did Lincoln speak out against as a Representative?
(a) The dislocation of the Cherokee.
(b) The continuation of the Monroe Doctrine.
(c) The beginnings of the Mexican War.
(d) The Spanish-American War.

11. What effect did slavery have on politics in the 1850s?
(a) It confused the issues of popular sovereignty and federal authority.
(b) It brought people of different political parties together.
(c) It muddied the issue of Indian removal.
(d) It divided people within political parties into fractious groups.

12. Who was the President when Lincoln served in the Senate?
(a) Harrison.
(b) Polk.
(c) Taylor.
(d) Jackson.

13. How were U.S. Senators elected in the 1850s?
(a) By the Electoral College.
(b) By U.S. Representatives.
(c) By state senators.
(d) By the populace.

14. What was the first election Lincoln won?
(a) For state senator.
(b) For mayor.
(c) For state legislature.
(d) To lead a company of volunteers.

15. From where did Lincoln know Mary Owens?
(a) A family he knew in New Salem.
(b) A family he knew in Virginia.
(c) A family he had worked for in Indiana.
(d) A family he met in Illinois.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Lincoln get involved with the Republican Party?

2. Who was Joshua Speed?

3. What was the Republican Party founded on?

4. What did Lincoln do after his election to President in 1860?

5. How did Lincoln complete his journey from Springfield to Washington, DC?

(see the answer keys)

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