Monday, September 15, 2008
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Quiz answers for Abraham Lincoln assassination and funeral exhibit

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[September 15, 2008]  Answers to quiz in Saturday's edition:

  1. What were the last words Lincoln heard?
    "You sockdologizing old mantrap." That line was stated in the play, and as the audience laughed at the line, immediately Booth fired at Lincoln.

  2. What was the last thing Lincoln consumed, and why is that ironic?
    On his deathbed, to relieve pain and fight off his infection, doctors administered whiskey. It is ironic because Lincoln never drank.

  3. What Civil War general and his wife were invited, but declined, an invitation to Ford's Theatre the evening Lincoln was assassinated?
    Gen. U.S. Grant and his wife, Julie, were invited to accompany the Lincolns in the presidential box in the theater, but the Grants chose to visit relatives out of town.

  4. Instead of assassinating Lincoln, one of the conspirators hatched what unusual plan for Lincoln at the theater?
    One of the conspirators suggested that they kidnap Lincoln by hoisting him over the front of the box and out of the theater.

  5. There were concerns that Lincoln might be assassinated on his way to and from what building he visited nearly every day?
    Lincoln visited the War Department almost daily to receive reports from the battlefield.

  6. Among the contents of Lincoln's pockets the night he was assassinated was currency. What monetary bill did he have in his pocket?
    A Confederate $5 bill.

  7. Lincoln's casket was reopened in 1901 while it was being relocated. How many people viewed the body, and what was the only thing that had greatly changed about Lincoln's appearance?
    Twenty-three people viewed the body, including Robert Todd Lincoln. Apparently, the assassinated president's facial features and hair were all intact except that his eyebrows had vanished.

  8. What other deceased person accompanied Lincoln on the funeral train to Springfield?
    Lincoln's son Willie, who had died in 1862 and was temporarily buried in Washington, D.C.

  9. What unusual coincidence occurred between Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth, and Robert Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln?
    In 1863, Robert Lincoln was boarding a train in Washington, D.C., when he slipped and nearly fell in front of the moving train. Edwin Booth saved him.




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