Lincoln Assassination - Intermediate Level

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Lincoln Assassination - Intermediate Level

A slightly more detailed and difficult quiz about the Lincoln assassination.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who attended the theatre as the Lincoln's guests in the Presidential Box the night Lincoln was assassinated?
    • A. 

      General and Mrs. Grant

    • B. 

      Clara Harris and Major Henry Rathbone

    • C. 

      Secretary of State William Seward and his daughter Fanny

    • D. 

      Vice President Andrew Johnson and Mrs. Eliza Johnson

  • 2. 
    What was the name of the actor onstage when Booth shot Lincoln?
    • A. 

      Harry Hawke

    • B. 

      Laura Keene

    • C. 

      John Dyott

    • D. 

      George Parkhurst

  • 3. 
    How did Booth escape the theatre?
    • A. 

      He didn't; he was arrested immediately

    • B. 

      He climbed up to the catwalk and made his way out through the wings

    • C. 

      He fought his way through the crowd and left out the front doors

    • D. 

      He jumped from the Presidential Box to the stage and ran out the backstage door

  • 4. 
    What happened to the gun that Booth used to shoot Lincoln?
    • A. 

      He took it with him on his escape, where it was found on him when he was caught

    • B. 

      He dropped it off at a tavern owned by co-conspirator Mary Surratt on his escape route

    • C. 

      He dropped it on the floor of the Presidential Box after shooting Lincoln, where it was collected by officials

    • D. 

      He threw it into the audience before running out of the theatre

  • 5. 
    Which of the following individuals was NOT one of Booth's co-conspirators?
    • A. 

      Mary Surratt

    • B. 

      Lewis Powell

    • C. 

      David Herold

    • D. 

      Louis Wiechmann

  • 6. 
    What injury did Booth suffer on his escape?
    • A. 

      A broken fibula (small bone above the ankle)

    • B. 

      A stab wound to the arm

    • C. 

      A head wound from being hit with the butt of a knife

    • D. 

      A kick to the chest

  • 7. 
    Who were the first doctors to attend Lincoln?
    • A. 

      Charles Leale and Charles Taft

    • B. 

      Charles Taft and Joseph Barnes

    • C. 

      Joseph Barnes and Henry Rathbone

    • D. 

      Edwin Stanton and Charles Leale

  • 8. 
    What happened to Clara Harris and Major Rathbone after the assassination?
    • A. 

      Major Rathbone went on to star in several early films, including one role as Sherlock Holmes.

    • B. 

      They married, had children, and moved to Europe. In 1883, Major Rathbone suffered a mental breakdown, killing Clara and stabbing himself. He was institutionalized and died in 1911.

    • C. 

      They chose not to marry, and Clara Harris went to live with Mrs. Lincoln for a time to comfort her.

    • D. 

      They married but divorced amicably 15 years after the assassination.

  • 9. 
    How many people did Booth and his co-conspirators attempt to assassinate on the night of April 14, 1865?
    • A. 

      1 (Abraham Lincoln)

    • B. 

      7 (The President, the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Treasury, The Speaker of the House, Mrs. Lincoln, and General Grant)

    • C. 

      3 (President Lincoln, Vice President Johnson, and Secretary of State Seward)

    • D. 

      4 (Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris, and Major Rathbone)

  • 10. 
    How many children did the Lincolns have?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      2

    • D. 

      4

  • 11. 
    Which of the Lincoln children survived past the age of 18?
    • A. 

      Robert

    • B. 

      Robert and Tad

    • C. 

      Willie and Eddie

    • D. 

      Eddie, Tad, and Robert

  • 12. 
    Where was Mary Lincoln when President Lincoln took his last breath?
    • A. 

      Sitting next to her husband

    • B. 

      Waiting in the front room of the Petersen House

    • C. 

      At the White House

    • D. 

      Inside Ford's Theatre

  • 13. 
    What did Mary Lincoln say as she left the Petersen House after her husband died?
    • A. 

      Her words were unintelligible

    • B. 

      "At least he's at peace now."

    • C. 

      "Now he belongs to the ages."

    • D. 

      "That dreadful house!"

  • 14. 
    How did Booth choose his three targets of assassination?
    • A. 

      He had a personal vendetta against each target.

    • B. 

      He chose to assassinate the Vice President because he was a successor to the Office of the President. He chose to assassinate the Secretary of State because he was a powerful and staunch supporter of Lincoln's policies.

    • C. 

      Each target owed him financial debts.

    • D. 

      He wanted to kill as many government officials as possible.

  • 15. 
    Who was supposed to assassinate Vice President Andrew Johnson?
    • A. 

      George Atzerodt

    • B. 

      David Herold

    • C. 

      John Surratt

    • D. 

      Lewis Powell

  • 16. 
    Who was assigned to assassinate Secretary William Seward?
    • A. 

      George Atzerodt

    • B. 

      Mary Surratt

    • C. 

      Lewis Powell

    • D. 

      Samuel Mudd

  • 17. 
    Which of Booth's co-conspirators was released after a trial which ended in a hung jury?
    • A. 

      Mary Surratt

    • B. 

      Samuel Mudd

    • C. 

      Ned Spangler

    • D. 

      John Surratt

  • 18. 
    Who was Dr. Samuel Mudd?
    • A. 

      A doctor who set Booth's leg as Booth was on the run

    • B. 

      The Surgeon General

    • C. 

      The first doctor into the Presidential Box to attend to President Lincoln

    • D. 

      Lincoln's personal physician

  • 19. 
    What is Mary Surratt's chief historical significance?
    • A. 

      Her diaries provided our only written records of the events of the assassination

    • B. 

      She was the first woman to serve as a Confederate spy

    • C. 

      She was the first woman executed by the U.S. government

    • D. 

      She was pardoned and went on to become a successful business owner and suffragist

  • 20. 
    What is left of the Lincoln family line?
    • A. 

      There are no more direct descendants, the last having died in 1985

    • B. 

      There are two descendants still alive who prefer to remain as anonymous as possible

    • C. 

      Actor Andrew Lincoln is a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln

    • D. 

      A group of Lincoln's descendants operate the Lincoln Waffle Shop in Washington, DC

  • 21. 
    Why was the assassination of Vice President Johnson unsuccessful?
    • A. 

      The gun Atzerodt was using misfired

    • B. 

      George Atzerodt lost his nerve, got drunk, and left without attempting to assassinate Johnson

    • C. 

      Johnson overpowered his assassin

    • D. 

      Atzerodt only had a knife and Johnson managed to evade the knife enough to avoid fatal wounds

  • 22. 
    Why was the attack on Secretary Seward unsuccessful?
    • A. 

      Powell lost his nerve and left without attempting assassination.

    • B. 

      Frederick Seward, the Secretary's son, overpowered Powell.

    • C. 

      Fanny Seward, the Secretary's daughter, pleaded with Powell to spare her father's life, and Powell relented.

    • D. 

      Seward had a broken jawbone and was wearing a cast covering his jugular. When Powell came at him with a knife, Seward was able to avoid fatal wounds thanks to the coverage given by the cast he wore and by rolling off the bed and to the floor during the attack.

  • 23. 
    What was Mary Surratt's task on April 14, 1865?
    • A. 

      Hide a package for Booth at a tavern she owned so that he could retrieve it on his escape, along with some guns that had been hidden at the tavern a few weeks prior.

    • B. 

      Assassinate General Grant

    • C. 

      Provide an alibi for the other conspirators

    • D. 

      Misdirect the police when they came looking for Booth.

  • 24. 
    How did Booth keep people out of the Presidential Box during the assassination?
    • A. 

      He locked the door

    • B. 

      He placed a chair under the door handle

    • C. 

      He barricaded the door shut from the inside using a piece of a broken music stand

    • D. 

      He placed a guard near the door

  • 25. 
    Where was Lincoln's bodyguard when Lincoln was assassinated?
    • A. 

      Outside the door to the Box

    • B. 

      He went for a drink with Charles Forbes and Francis Burke, two White House employees, earlier in the evening. His whereabouts after that are unknown.

    • C. 

      Watching the play from the lower level of the theatre

    • D. 

      He disappeared

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