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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Lincoln write to Mary Owens to release her from their engagement?
(a) He no longer wanted to get married.
(b) He was poor, did not feel he could provide for her, and did not think she would want to live in poverty while he tried to make something of himself.
(c) He knew she did not want to marry him.
(d) He no longer loved her.

2. What did this bill state?
(a) Slavery would be banned in the northern states.
(b) Slavery should be legal in the territories.
(c) Slavery would be illegal.
(d) Slavery should be legal in all states.

3. During his candidacy, Lincoln was encouraged to write an autobiography for what reason?
(a) So the voters could learn more about him.
(b) So Americans would vote for him.
(c) So others would like him.
(d) So he could become famous.

4. Lincoln read voraciously and taught himself mathematics, but his real interest was in what?
(a) Politics.
(b) Art.
(c) Music.
(d) Languages.

5. Lincoln reiterated in the debates that the slavery issue was between who?
(a) The people of the western territories.
(b) Lincoln and Douglas.
(c) The North and the South.
(d) The Union and the Declaration of Independence.

Short Answer Questions

1. In October 1839 the Whigs held a convention and endorsed who for President, beginning the so-called Log and Cabin Campaign?

2. When did Lincoln's son, Eddie, die?

3. Douglas adopted what strategy?

4. Lincoln was a member of what political party?

5. The Missouri Compromise was a line dividing the North and South, above which slavery was __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Lincoln become known as a railroad lawyer?

2. What political party did Lincoln join? Who were their rivals?

3. Describe the political environment at this time. What did this mean for the Whigs?

4. What might have begun Lincoln's fascination with madness?

5. How did the Republicans want Lincoln to pin down Douglas?

6. What were the effects of Douglas' "don't care" attitude?

7. With what is Lincoln concerned? How does he feel this issue should be handled?

8. What did free-soilers think about the Kansas-Nebraska Bill? Why?

9. What was significant about Kansas' rejection of the LeCompton Constitution?

10. What was the Dred Scott decision?

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