from Lincoln: A Photobiography
Talk Show: Lincoln's Life (p. 777)
If you had the opportunity to talk to Abraham Lincoln, what would you ask him? With a partner, create a talk show in which one of you plays the part of Abraham Lincoln and the other plays the host. Compose a list of questions to ask Lincoln and conduct the interview. The secret to asking good questions is good preparation. The tips below will help you get ready.
- Research your subject. Knowing background about the person to whom you will be talking will help you get to the point in the interview.
- Decide what you want to know. Narrow your scope to a few topics that you want to hear more about. You might ask Lincoln about his early life and education, or about issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.
- Ask the obvious. Don't avoid questions about which you are very curious because you're afraid they're not sophisticated enough. Chances are, the people reading or hearing your interview have the same question. For example, you might ask Lincoln if he was hurt that no one clapped for the Gettysburg Address.
- Ask the not-so-obvious. One or two unexpected questions can enliven an interview and provide a different insight into the person you are interviewing. You could ask Lincoln what it was like living in the White House after growing up in a one-room log cabin, for example.
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