The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What style of building was Broadmoor?
(a) Colonial.
(b) Gothic.
(c) Victorian.
(d) Baroque.

2. When was the publishing of the first installment of the Oxford English Dictionary?
(a) December 12th, 1887.
(b) February 6th, 1882.
(c) May 8th, 1883.
(d) January 29th, 1884.

3. In four decades time, 352 pages would become how many pages?
(a) 16,211.
(b) 14,425.
(c) 11,846.
(d) 15,487.

4. What was Minor's most well known artistic inclination?
(a) Singing.
(b) Playing piano.
(c) Painting.
(d) Drawing.

5. Minor's submissions to Murray arrived in ______________.
(a) Derry.
(b) Hampshire.
(c) Oxford.
(d) Cambridge.

6. What quality did many people who worked on the Oxford English Dictionary admire in Minor?
(a) Zest for life.
(b) Meticulousness.
(c) Love of words.
(d) Sense of patience.

7. Who was the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary in 1915?
(a) Henry James.
(b) Bradley Henry.
(c) Henry Bradley.
(d) James Henry.

8. What was Huxley involved in professionally?
(a) Chemistry and psychology.
(b) Biology and philosophy.
(c) Philosophy and chemistry.
(d) Law and mathematics.

9. From what country were the two men who did not attend the great dictionary dinner?
(a) The United States.
(b) Great Britain.
(c) Ceylon.
(d) Portugal.

10. What word did Huxley coin?
(a) Agnostic.
(b) Pedatry.
(c) Malerta.
(d) Suisse.

11. For each book, what did Minor write?
(a) A letter to Murray to announce its coming.
(b) A letter to Ms. Merrett.
(c) A complete and detailed reference list.
(d) A word list.

12. According to the author, the subgroups in the Oxford English Dictionary had to be ______ organized.
(a) Quickly.
(b) Chronologically.
(c) Meticulously.
(d) Alphabetically.

13. When Murray sees the superintendent of Broadmoor, he thinks that the man is _________________.
(a) His brother.
(b) A guard.
(c) Minor.
(d) Minor's son.

14. In 1915, which newspaper did the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary write to and complain about the story of Murray meeting Minor in the asylum?
(a) The Daily Telegraph.
(b) The London Times.
(c) The Argus.
(d) The Sun.

15. Why did Murray want Minor to be able to travel home?
(a) To marry Eliza.
(b) To be able to die.
(c) To become mentally healthy again.
(d) To write his last book.

Short Answer Questions

1. Apart from Minor, who struggled to follow the directions they were given?

2. What time span did the author use to describe the length of time Minor took to complete his first word list?

3. Over time, how did Minor feel about his crimes?

4. How did Minor feel about the rules being sent to him by Minor?

5. Why did many people write from abroad regarding Minor?

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