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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. Which of the following helped Minor become comfortable at Broadmoor?
(a) His tantrums.
(b) His upbringing.
(c) His request.
(d) His sadness.

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

3. Whom does the author conjecture may have pushed Minor towards Deism?
(a) Merrett.
(b) Murray.
(c) Huxley.
(d) Alfred.

4. In what year did Brayn order all of Minor's privileges to be removed?
(a) 1908.
(b) 1910.
(c) 1912.
(d) 1904.

5. How old was Broadmoor when Minor first arrived?
(a) Five months old.
(b) Twelve years old.
(c) Nine years old.
(d) Six years old.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many rooms did Minor have during his stay at Broadmoor?

2. Who came first to the Broadmoor Asylum?

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

4. Which of the following did Minor work at every day as part of his work on the Oxford English Dictionary?

5. How long did it take Murray to travel to see Minor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. What showed the great essence of teamwork between Murray and Minor?

6. What is relevant about the fact that Minor was a fan of Huxley, particularly his idea of agnosticism?

7. What was the overarching reason why Murray decided to visit Minor?

8. What was revealed about Minor's character in regards to his response to Murray's letter for help on the Oxford English Dictionary?

9. In what ways could Murray be seen as a voice of reason and motivation for Minor to stay on task to the Oxford English Dictionary?

10. Explain the significance of Minor's submissions evolving from one slip of paper to large paper bags arriving in Murray's office.

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