This Fiery Trial: The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What has attracted historians to Abraham Lincoln according to the "Preface"?

According to the "Preface," Abraham Lincoln has attracted historians because he was largely self-educated, yet his literary ability was extraordinary and he had strong rhetorical skills.

2. What does the autobiographical sketch of Lincoln provide based on the "Prologue"?

Based on the "Prologue," the autobiographical sketch contains a few facts about Lincoln, which shows that although he led a public life, he was quite guarded about private details of his life.

3. What kind of existence did Lincoln's family lead?

Lincoln's family led a rural existence and he was born in 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. Lincoln did not receive a formal education past grammar school and he worked on the family farm until he was 21 years of age. At 21, Lincoln went to Illinois and learned law and served as a Captain of Volunteers during the Black-Hawk War. Lincoln rose among the political ranks and was elected to the House of Congress in 1846.

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