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Setting the Scene

From 1861 – 1865

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Right There Question: What does secede mean?
-to leave the union or government

Think and Search Question: The North and The South had differences of opinion about slavery. What did each side believe, and why?


-the North believed slavery was inhuman and immoral. The South believed it was necessary. The difference in opinion is most likely because of the different economic needs of each region. Plantations in the South were dependent on slave labor. In the North, the economy was based more on industry.

Author and You Question: Lincoln’s beliefs left him clearly aligned with one side during the war. Which side did he agree with? On which information did you base this answer?


-Lincoln was more closely aligned with the North because he believed slavery was wrong, and he wanted to maintain the integrity of the Union.


On Your Own Question: If you were a Confederate soldier, would you go home or keep fighting after Lee’s surrender? Why?



Answers will vary. Try to support your response with details/information from the text.

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Prologue

Pages 1-8
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Right There Question: When and how did the city of Washington celebrate the end of the war?


On April 13, 1965 Washington DC celebrated with a grand illumination of the city.

Think and Search Question: List 3 separate threats that John Wilkes Booth made about The President of the United States in April 1965.


Now, by God, I’ll put him through.”

That is the last speech he will give.”

What a chance I lost…”

Author and You Question: Is it likely that Booth was the only credible threat to the President? Give evidence from the text to support your view.




It is unlikely that Booth was the only threat, because many disagreed with him. Co-conspirators were mentioned AND the dress-maker indicated that it was risky to place him in the public eye when he could very easily be shot. This suggests that it is public knowledge that the President is in danger.
On Your Own Question: There are 3 photographs on these pages. Respond to each in 2-3 sentences sharing your impression of these images. (6-9 sentences total)

Answers will vary with opinions of Lincoln, Seward, and Booth.

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Chapter 1

Pages 9-31
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Right There Questions:


What was the role of Jefferson Davis in the war?
The President (first and last) of the Confederate States of America
Which three (3) individuals were targeted in John Wilkes Booth’s plan?
President Lincoln

Secretary Seward

Vice-President Johnson
Think and Search Questions:
List the responsibilities John Wilkes Booth assigned to Mary Surratt as part of his plan.
Deliver a package to the tavern, arrange for the guns to be ready, inform the tavern keeper that the items would be retrieved, store items at the tavern.

What preparatory errands/activities did John Wilkes Booth complete on the day of the assassination?


Visited Johnson’s hotel, mental prep, logistic prep (weapons), package to Mary Surratt, meeting with co-conspirators

Author and You Questions:

Based on what you know about today’s world, what are similarities and differences between how the presidency was treated or handled in 1865 and present day?

Answers will vary. Emphasis on the lack of security and open accessibility of the president then versus now.
In what ways was John Wilkes Booth’s profession an asset (or advantage) to his plan?
-Access to individuals in high positions/special connections

-Individuals desired to be in his company/to please him

-Knowledge of the theater/play

-Experience with acting/ “Playing a part” / thinking off the cuff

-Potentially not suspected because he is so famous

On Your Own Questions:

If you had doubts, or second thoughts, about a commitment you made, what would you do?
Answers will vary.

Which quality is more important when completing a task: enthusiasm, support, a detailed plan, or luck? Provide reasons for your choice.



Answers will vary. Be certain you provided reasoning to support your claim.

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Chapter 2

Pages 33-45
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Right There Question: What discovery about the president’s theater box surprised Booth?
It was completely unguarded.

Think and Search Question: Study the images in this chapter and their captions. What qualities do the images have in common? What differentiates them from one another? Which one do you prefer? Why? (Use page numbers to identify each image)



Answers will vary…..depictions of Booth, depictions of Lincoln

Author and You Question: Why does John Wilkes Booth consider Abraham Lincoln a tyrant?



Lincoln is a tyrant because of the way he has treated the South – because he plans to give rights to freed slaves.

On Your Own Question: Does today’s media (print, electronic, television, radio, etc.) make errors? Give an example of a mistake and an outcome or consequence.


Answers will vary.

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Chapter 3

Pages 46 - 59
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Right There Question: What three (3) problems did Lewis Powell face at The Seward Mansion?
Where was Seward?

How would he get in?

How many people were inside?

Think and Search Question: List the individuals who were present at The Seward Mansion the night of the attack, and briefly explain the experience/actions of each.


Fanny – reveals her father’s location; attempts to protect him, yells from window

Frederick – protect father, got hurt,

Seward – collapsed to floor to protect himself, sends for a doctor

Powell – gain entry, find Seward, attack Seward, escape

Herold – there to guide Powell from the city, look out, left without Powell

Bell – answers the door, shouts to neighbors, tries to prevent Powell from entering

Robinson – watching Seward, gets injured, fights Powell

Augustus – wrestled with Powell, protect his father

Author and You Question: How do you feel John Wilkes Booth would have reacted when he heard about the attack at The Seward Mansion? Explain which characteristics and behaviors of John Wilkes Booth have led you to your answer.



Answers will vary. He heard that Seward had been killed, so he would be relieved, proud, etc.
On Your Own Question: When your gut reaction, or instinct, tells you to do something, do you trust it? Why or why not?


Answers will vary.

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Chapter 4

Pages 60-77
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Right There Question: What was Dr. Leale’s diagnosis of Lincoln’s wounds?

He declared the wound was mortal, and Lincoln would not recover.

Think and Search Question: What were the outcomes of the parts of the plan assigned to Powell, Atzerodt, and Herold?


Powell – Seward was wounded but not killed

Herold – Abandoned Powell, and did not complete the task

Atzerodt – Did not attempt his “assigned” duty

Author and You Question: Why do you think Swanson (author) included Laura Keene’s role in the evening’s events? Support your response with details from the text.



To provide a sense of the nation’s grief; to create a picture of the moment in the reader’s mind

On Your Own Question: If you were planning to be alone in the outdoors for days, what skills might you need? Be specific.


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Chapter 5

Pages 78-100
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Right There Question:

Describe John Wilkes Booth’s plan for the kidnapping plot:



Kidnap Lincoln from Washington; transport him to Richmond (capital) and “trade” him for Confederate prisoners of war or as leverage in negotiations
Whom did Mary Todd Lincoln want to see her beloved husband on the night of his injury?
Their children

Think and Search Question:

List three (3) people who aided Booth and describe the role of each within this chapter.
Herold, traveled with him

Lloyd, provided the “shooting irons”

Dr. Mudd, shelter and medical care
What decisive actions did Stanton take in the early morning of April 16?
Set up headquarters, Sent for Ulysses S. Grant, increased guards, troops & alerts, interviewed witnesses, began investigation, request help from NYC (detectives), activating manhunt for JWB

Author and You Question:

Why did John Wilkes Booth refrain from telling Dr. Mudd about his news/accomplishment?

The news had not yet traveled as far as Mudd’s house – it bought him more time if he did not reveal his purpose in being there. Perhaps, he wanted to protect Mudd – or perhaps he didn’t want Mudd to have to lie for him.
Why did doctors put down a clean white cloth before Mary Todd Lincoln could see her husband?
Out of respect for the office of president

On Your Own Question:

In your opinion, how often/frequently is news we receive incorrect? What is the consequence of that?
Answers will vary.
Note that many incorrect facts were disseminated during the confusing hours following the assassination of Lincoln.

Is it a valid or logical idea to protect violent criminals from the public? Explain your point of view.




Answers will vary.
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Chapter 6

Pages 101-114
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Right There Question: What memento did Mary Todd Lincoln request from her husband’s body?

Think and Search Question: Locate three (3) different types of assistance that Dr. Mudd provided for John Wilkes Booth. List and briefly explain them in order from the riskiest (for Dr. Mudd) to the least risky.

Author and You Question: Based on the descriptions of Abraham Lincoln’s return to the Executive Mansion, draw a conclusion about Lincoln’s personality. Support your response with evidence from the text.

On Your Own Question: Swanson explains that the manhunters received incorrect or misleading information from the public. Do you believe it is a crime to intentionally mislead investigators of a crime? Why or why not?

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Chapter 7

Pages 115-130
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Right There Question: List the training and experience that Thomas Jones had which would serve Booth and Herold well.

Think and Search Question: Specifically, what are the requests that John Wilkes Booth made of Thomas Jones?

Author and You Question: Why did Samuel Mudd inform his cousins about his visitors? What emotion led him to do so?

On Your Own Question: Is it “lucky” to get away with something? Why or why not?

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Chapter 8

Pages 130-136
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Right There Question: What did Mary Surratt claim about Lewis Powell when he arrived at her home?

Think and Search Question: What was the date of Mary Surratt’s arrest?

Author and You Question: Why, do you think, didn’t Mary Surratt return home to her boarding house?

On Your Own Question: Is it a lie to omit facts when asked a direct question?


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Chapter 9

Pages 137-143
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Right There Question: How old was Abraham Lincoln at the time of his death?

Think and Search Question: Who did the investigators visit in the events outlined in this chapter? Why?

Author and You Question: What convinced the law man that Samuel Mudd was guilty of “something” when he was questioned about Booth’s visit?

On Your Own Question: If a paper cost $0.10 in 1865 and costs $1.00 in 2013. How much would a $100,000 reward be worth now?

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Chapter 10

Pages 144-150
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Right There Question: How was the $100,000 reward broken down & what error did the newspaper make?

Think and Search Question: What was the TOTAL amount of reward money being offered at this time?

Author and You Question: Why did Jones help Booth?

On Your Own Question: How do you think the U.S. government would handle the manhunt in an assassination attempt in modern day? Who would lead the hunt? What about reward money? Filtering through leads? Communication with the public? Are there any other specific aspects of the manhunt that you have thoughts about?

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Chapter 11

Pages 151-179
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Right There Question:

How did John Wilkes Booth “thank” Dr. Stuart?


How much was the reward money rumored to be at this point in time? From what source did you find that information?

Think and Search Question:

Why did John Garrett refuse John Wilkes Booth’s request?

Within this chapter, how many men “betrayed” John Wilkes Booth’s trust and revealed his identity? Who were they?

Author and You Question:

Why is it appropriate for Swanson to state that John Wilkes Booth performed a murder, instead of committed a murder? Support your view.

“Well, my brave boys, prepare a stretcher for me!” What do you feel this statement means in this context?

On Your Own Question:

“The stage grew dark for him” is a euphemism for death. Is this stylized language appropriate for a non-fiction text?


If a book is about an assassination plot and manhunt for the killer(s), in your opinion whose image should appear on the cover? The victim, the assassin, or someone else?

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Chapter 12-14

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Summarize the events on pages 180-181 in your own words. Use 3-5 sentences. Be aware of the difference between RETELLING and SUMMARIZING the text!!

The Final Outcome:


Which individuals were put on trial? What were their sentences?


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