Quotes & Questions About President
Lincoln's Thistle Picking
"All my life I
have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower
would grow in thought and
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. ~Abraham
I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought
a flower would grow. ~Abraham Lincoln
to about how the President treated people he would meet.
Also, you can find information from the site where you read about
how Lincoln Met and Greeted friends.
Click here for it.
Choose the word to complete the sentences below, and then answer the
questions form the linked above.
talked Honest Abe Bible Aesop's Fables speech
1. Lincoln started his public work "with the people" at New Salem in
his general store. He actually lost money in the business because
he __________________ too much to the customers.
2. A Lincoln speech always connected to the people because he used
language that was from the _____________, and stories, examples and
morals from _____________ _____________.
3. How did Abe override his awkward appearance and sometimes
4. About all of Lincoln's great writings were written to give as a
5. When Lincoln traveled on the 8th Circuit as a lawyer, he met many
people at all levels and wakes of life. He was known as always
being _____________ _______.
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6. Three men talk about the way that Abraham Lincoln treated and
cared for people. What did Henry McHenry of New Salem, have to
say? What did William Greene, also of New Salem have to say? And,
what did Joshua Speed have to say in 1865? After reading the
comments from the men mentioned, do you think the President would be
a good friend?
7. Two Pennsylvania women met with the President and asked a
favor. What did they want with him? How did he respond? What
does the phrase Thistle Picking mean?
8. Joseph Gillespie describe the way Lincoln treated people. What
did he have to say about his "heart" and his "nerve?"
9. Even the highest ranking General, who perhaps didn't quite do as
well as he should, would be forgiven and treated fairly by the
President. Describe the instance of General Meade and the Battle of
10. Reading on down in the story of Mr. Lincoln's sympathy of
people having trouble, we can read what many of his friends and
relatives had to say about old Abe. The paragraph starting with the
Linder family, takes place in Charleston, Illinois, and moves on to
Shelbyville. Answer these special questions for this story:
11. Why did Usher Linder pour all the chicken onto his own plate?
Why did Abe and Grandfather give Usher more coffee?
12. Read on down the article to the paragraph that talks about a
letter to Fanny McCullough concerning David Davis, a close friend of
What was the letter about, and how did he start the letter and end
it? Thousands of soldiers were killed in the Civil War. Do you
think the President would have sent a letter like this for each, if
he could have?
13. Reading on down the article, to the section about the Kentucky
Mary Owens (the President's life), Mary said that "In many things he
was sensitive almost to a fault." What do you think she meant?
14. Amidst all the business of the White House, including people
wanting personal gain, self-interests, greed, why is that President
Lincoln would tell Joshua Speed, his friend, that dealing with the
problems of the citizens ". . .is the only thing I have done to day
which has given me any pleasure?"
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