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Question:

What is a likely purpose for including so many headlines at the start of the article?

A to quickly convey the most important information about a significant event
Explaination

This article has eight headlines, each containing more specific information than the one that comes before. Though some of the information presented in the headlines is clearly opinion, the overall message that is being communicated is informational: Lincoln was shot at Ford’s theater; he’s still alive, but not expected to survive. An attempt was also made on Secretary Seward’s life.