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

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

Simon Winchester
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 137 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. To whom were Richard Chenevix Trench's speeches directed?
(a) Londoners.
(b) The London Phililogical Society.
(c) The general public.
(d) Americans.

2. How old was the man who killed Merrett?
(a) Forty-two.
(b) Thirty-seven.
(c) Thirty-one.
(d) Thirty-eight.

3. Who arrested Merrett's killer?
(a) Henry Burton.
(b) Officer Burton.
(c) Constable Tarrant.
(d) William Ward.

4. The Oxford Dictionary was comprised of _____________volumes.
(a) Six.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Nine.
(d) Eight.

5. When was the project to create the first Oxford English Dictionary commissioned?
(a) In the 1830's.
(b) In the 1840's.
(c) In the 1860's.
(d) In the 1850's.

6. In what year did Dr. Minor arrive in London?
(a) 1831.
(b) 1857.
(c) 1832.
(d) 1864.

7. What was the name of Murray's first wife?
(a) Eliza Valant.
(b) Lucy Javier.
(c) Maggie Scott.
(d) Julia Filmoore.

8. Lucy was born to the Minors __________after William's birth.
(a) One year.
(b) Two years.
(c) Three years.
(d) Six years.

9. How does the author describe the words in the early English dictionaries in Chapter 4, Gathering Earth's Daughters?
(a) Poorly defined and too little.
(b) Strange and simple.
(c) Odd and poorly defined.
(d) Simple and odd.

10. How old was Lucy when she died?
(a) Twenty-one.
(b) Eighteen.
(c) Sixteen.
(d) Twelve.

11. Who produced a circular calling for volunteers who could choose a period of history in which they would like to read books?
(a) Murray.
(b) Furnivall.
(c) Minor.
(d) Trench.

12. For what purpose was Murray asked to go to Oxford?
(a) To speak to the Oxford Publishing delegates.
(b) To speak with the dean of Oxford University.
(c) To speak with the president of Oxford University.
(d) To speak with the residents of Oxford.

13. How did the audience react to the fact that hundreds of amateurs would be needed to take on such a project for a new dictionary?
(a) With revolt.
(b) With sadness.
(c) With happiness.
(d) With shock.

14. Who heard the three shots fired in the beginning of the book?
(a) Henry Tarrant.
(b) Eliza Ward.
(c) Henry Burton.
(d) William Ward.

15. How long after the Minors settled in Ceylon was William Minor born?
(a) Three months.
(b) One year.
(c) Five weeks.
(d) Two years.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, who is the "second" protagonist of the story?

2. When was Minor born?

3. Where was Minor born?

4. What central figure in the story happened across Murray's appeal to the English people in regards to the Oxford English Dictionary?

5. What was the overall effect of the large amount of word donors on Furnivall and his dictionary volunteers?

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