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

Simon Winchester
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, the subgroups in the Oxford English Dictionary had to be ______ organized.

2. Which word did Murray have so much trouble with that it had to be sent to Dr. Minor?

3. How did the author describe Murray's instructions in the beginning of Chapter 7, Entering the Lists?

4. Minor saw his castration as a ________________ act.

5. Minor's submissions to Murray arrived in ______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. It is suggested that Murray's letter to Minor was a token of forgiveness. Why?

9. How did it become clear that Murray had very little idea of what psychological state Minor experienced?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The English-speaking world is better off for the death of Charles Merrett." How could this statement be considered to be true? Do you think the author agrees? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Redemption and the overcoming of personal and professional obstacles are central to the text. Discuss.

Essay Topic 3

What is significant about the fact that the text has two protagonists, Minor and Murray, and that the author himself points out that this goes against the definition of the word in "Modern English Usage," which states that protagonist can only be used in the singular?

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