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

2. On what day of the week in November did Murray decide to travel and meet Minor?
(a) Thursday.
(b) Wednesday.
(c) Sunday.
(d) Saturday.

3. Over time, how did Minor feel about his crimes?
(a) Helpless.
(b) Sorry.
(c) Frustrated.
(d) Angry.

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

5. How did Minor regard the Asylum?
(a) As his home.
(b) As his playground.
(c) As his temple.
(d) As his library.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What word did Huxley coin?

3. In what year was Minor given electroshock therapy at Broadmoor?

4. According to the author, after organizing a quote what kind of a definition did Murray have to write?

5. From what country were the two men who did not attend the great dictionary dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was miraculous about Mrs. Merrett deciding to see Minor at Broadmoor?

2. What does the author give as the chief purpose behind Minor's self-mutilation? Was it achieved?

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

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

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

6. Describe how Minor may have felt when he entered the property at the Broadmoor Asylum.

7. 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?

8. Do you think it is the author's opinion that electroshock therapy affected Minor?

9. What is controversial about the story of the meeting of Minor and Murray?

10. How did Minor come to be able to return to the United States at the end of his life? What obstacles did he face along the way?

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