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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 - Medium

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 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who killed Merrett?
(a) John Washington Wilcox.
(b) James Chester Minor.
(c) William Chester Minor.
(d) Chester James Wilcox.

2. How did the author describe the attitude of the killer caught for Merrett's death upon the killer's capture?
(a) Cool and collected.
(b) Excited and happy.
(c) Embarrassed and sad.
(d) Bored and uninterested.

3. In what city was Murray born?
(a) Derry.
(b) Lovely.
(c) Yorkshire.
(d) Hawick.

4. What word is defined in the opening of the book?
(a) Kill.
(b) Murder.
(c) Love.
(d) Word.

5. What were Merrett's killer's two former professional positions?
(a) Professor and army officer.
(b) Qualified surgeon and police officer..
(c) Police officer and professor.
(d) Army officer and qualified surgeon.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two words did the author use to describe the Minor family's beliefs?

2. Merrett's killer was from ______________.

3. Why did the demand for dictionaries increase according to the author in Chapter 4?

4. Where was Minor born?

5. How many children did the Merretts have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author take time to note the sheer volume of words and weight of the Oxford English Dictionary? What parallels can be drawn between this and the dictionary's makers?

2. In regards to Trench's speech, what did he view each word as having? What must be charted for each word?

3. In what ways does the author state the compilation of the Dictionary of the English Language was different from the compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary?

4. What might the audience find unique about the killer's professional past?

5. For what reasons did Minor become the most famous contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary?

6. What does the title of the book imply to prospective readers?

7. Given the information that the reader gleans from the nature of the Philological Society, as well as people speaking in the London Library, what characteristics of the London Library in Minor's day show it to be different from a public library of this day and age?

8. How did Minor's branding of a deserting Irish soldier become connected to his excessive guilt about his own perceived "wrongs"?

9. What seemed uncanny about the killer's cool, calm demeanor?

10. What effect could the tragic death of his daughter have had on Murray's diligence in working on the Oxford English Dictionary?

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