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

Simon Winchester
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 137 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Test | Final 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. Which word did Murray have so much trouble with that it had to be sent to Dr. Minor?
(a) Love.
(b) Do.
(c) Death.
(d) Art.

2. After the first installment, how long did Murray believe it would take him to finish the entire book?
(a) Nine years.
(b) Eighteen years.
(c) Eleven years.
(d) Six years.

3. What did the act of sending the rules to Minor symbolize to him?
(a) Courtship.
(b) Friendliness.
(c) Childhood memories.
(d) Forgiveness.

4. How many defining sentences were in Minor's response to the word with which Murray was having problems?
(a) 21.
(b) 42.
(c) 27.
(d) 18.

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

6. What wing in Broadmoor was kept for parole patients?
(a) Block number 6.
(b) Block number 2.
(c) Block C.
(d) Block B.

7. Murray wanted as many ______ as he could get for the words to capture subtle variations in them.
(a) Quotes.
(b) Words.
(c) Connections.
(d) References.

8. What word does the author give as an example to show Minor's love for accuracy and detail?
(a) Vivacity.
(b) Philanderer.
(c) Lovely.
(d) Buffoon.

9. How long did it take Murray to travel to see Minor?
(a) A bit over an hour.
(b) A bit under a day.
(c) A bit under an hour.
(d) A little over a day.

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

11. Minor saw his castration as a ________________ act.
(a) Impulsive and stupid.
(b) Funny and impulsive.
(c) Natural and timely.
(d) Religious and redemptive.

12. In what year was Minor given electroshock therapy at Broadmoor?
(a) 1878.
(b) 1875.
(c) 1864.
(d) 1847.

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

14. How did Minor feel about the rules being sent to him by Minor?
(a) Deflated.
(b) Intimidated.
(c) Angry.
(d) Overjoyed.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In 1915, which newspaper did the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary write to and complain about the story of Murray meeting Minor in the asylum?

2. With what had Minor cut off his penis?

3. According to the author, for how long had Minor been planning to physically mutilate his sexual organs?

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

5. When was the great dictionary dinner held?

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