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

Simon Winchester
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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Test | Final 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. What was Murray filled with after learning that Minor was a patient at the asylum?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Fear.
(c) Interest.
(d) Anger.

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

3. What was Minor's most well known artistic inclination?
(a) Playing piano.
(b) Drawing.
(c) Painting.
(d) Singing.

4. At Broadmoor, who was searched and taken to Surrey?
(a) John McClellan.
(b) William Bard.
(c) William Minor.
(d) James Ward.

5. According to the author, for how long had Minor been planning to physically mutilate his sexual organs?
(a) Since childhood.
(b) It was an impulsive act.
(c) Months.
(d) Days.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many rooms did Minor have during his stay at Broadmoor?

2. Which of the following did Minor work at every day as part of his work on the Oxford English Dictionary?

3. To whom did Minor write in order to make amends for his crimes?

4. The Scriptorium made out of ______________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways could Murray be seen as a voice of reason and motivation for Minor to stay on task to the Oxford English Dictionary?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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