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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who came first to the Broadmoor Asylum?
(a) Charles Minor.
(b) James Murray.
(c) William Minor.
(d) Charles Murray.

2. How did Murray feel about the fact that Minor had not attended the dinners?
(a) Irritated and curious.
(b) Perplexed and irritated.
(c) Happy and fine.
(d) Confused but understanding.

3. How did the author describe Murray's instructions in the beginning of Chapter 7, Entering the Lists?
(a) Detailed.
(b) Simple.
(c) Bossy.
(d) Confusing.

4. The word which troubled Murray and was sent to Minor had _______________ "shades of meaning."
(a) Eight.
(b) Twenty-one.
(c) Six.
(d) Thirteen.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When was the publishing of the first installment of the Oxford English Dictionary?

3. According to the author, what sort of life did Minor live at Broadmoor?

4. Why did Hall not come to the great dictionary dinner?

5. What did Murray threaten to do at various times due to the Delegates' interferences, slow pace, and his suffering health?

Short Essay Questions

1. What can one infer from the fact that Minor had many people who wrote letters to Broadmoor, inquiring about his health and well-being?

2. Why could Minor more easily understand Murray's directions in comparison to others?

3. In Chapter 6, what do the author's previously established characteristics of Minor suggest about how he may have gotten along with the parole patients in Block 2?

4. The author compares Murray to a general on a battlefield. Why?

5. Was it good that Minor began to view the asylum as his home?

6. What about Murray does the author feel may have triggered Minor's religious feelings of guilt and shame for his past misdeeds?

7. Why do you think Murray so grossly underestimated the amount of time it would take to finish the Oxford English Dictionary after the first publication of the first book?

8. What does Murray's Scriptorium represent to present day scholars of the English language?

9. The author only briefly mentions Dr. Hall's absence from the dinner. Why is this significant in relation to his opinion of Minor?

10. Why is it important, in relation to Minor's past, that the author states that people admired Minor for his meticulous work?

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