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

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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 - Hard

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 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who heard the three shots fired in the beginning of the book?

2. What two words does the author use to describe the Lambeth area, particularly in relation to the undrained marsh?

3. How many years did it take to complete the Oxford English Dictionary?

4. Where did the making of the Oxford English Dictionary begin?

5. Which of the following is noted to have been a fact four hundred years earlier than Mr. Trench's speeches?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary's beginnings to have begun on Guy Fawkes Day in England?

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

3. What effect could it have had on logophiles to learn that Samuel Johnson had imposed limits on the history of the definitions of words in his dictionary?

4. In what way was Furnivall's call to ask participants to choose a time period for the book a very intelligent idea to spur the makings of the Oxford English Dictionary onward?

5. Why does the author suggest that Minor moved from his initial area of residence in London, St James Square, to Lambeth Marsh?

6. What aspects of the Latin-English dictionaries provided impetus for the makers of the Oxford English Dictionary to make their own English dictionary?

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

8. What can be surmised about the author's intention by naming his first chapter, " The Dead of Night in Lambeth Marsh"?

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

10. What is the effect of the author's choice to define the word "murder" on the audience?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the links the author draws between various vices such as sex, drugs, and alcohol and their influence on the events of the story.

Essay Topic 2

Much of Chapter 3, The Madness of War, is taken up with Charles Minor's exploits around and during wartime. From this chapter, how do you think the author feels about war? Give examples to back up your answer.

Essay Topic 3

It could be argued that the author portrays a sense of injustice regarding the events surrounding Minor's diagnosis as being criminally insane and eventual incarceration. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

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