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Abraham Lincoln: The Early Years

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Young Abe Lincoln - Trivia Powered by ABE.1) Our 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12. What year was it?

  • 1806
  • 1809
  • 1819

2) He was born in a one room log cabin.  Sinking Spring Farm was located along Nolin Creek, three miles south of Hodgenville.  What was the state?

  • Virginia (now West Virginia)
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio

3) In 1816, because of land difficulties, the Lincolns moved to another state. Which state was it?

  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Illinois

4) In 1818, Lincoln's mother, then thirty-four years old, died of milk sickness. What was her name?

  • Sarah Bush Johnston.
  • Nancy Hanks
  • Mary Todd

5) In 1831, his father relocated the family to a new homestead in Coles County, Illinois, twenty-two-year-old Lincoln struck out on his own, canoing down the Sangamon River to the village of New Salem in Sangamon County. Later that year, hired by New Salem businessman Denton Offutt and accompanied by friends, he took goods from New Salem via flatboat on the Sangamon and Mississippi rivers. Where was the boat�s destination?

  • St. Louis
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans

6) In 1832, at the age of 23, Lincoln ran for election of the Illinois General Assembly. What was his party affiliation?

  • Republican
  • Whig
  • Democrat

7) For several months, Lincoln ran a small store in New Salem, selling tea, coffee, sugar, salt, blue calico, brown muslin, straw hats and whiskey. Later, what did he become for the town of New Salem?

  • Meat inspector
  • Postmaster
  • Dairyman

8) In 1834, he won election to the state legislature, and after coming across the Commentaries on the Laws of England, began to teach himself law. What year was he admitted to the bar and move to Springfield, Illinois to practice law with John T. Stuart.

  • 1835
  • 1837
  • 1845

9) A staunch Whig and fervent admirer of party leader Henry Clay, Lincoln was elected to a term in the U.S. House of Representatives. What was the year?

  • 1846
  • 1848
  • 1850

10) On November 4, 1842 Lincoln married a daughter of a prominent slave-owning family from Kentucky. What was her name?

  • Mary Todd
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Helen Beacher

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Check Your Answers

  • 1) 1809
  • 2) Kentucky
  • 3) Indiana
  • 4) Nancy Hanks
  • 5) New Orleans
  • 6) Whig
  • 7) Postmaster
  • 8) 1837
  • 9) 1846
  • 10) Mary Todd

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