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PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS OF 1847.

The papers on the various subjects were prepared by the undermentioned gentlemen

Senior Scholarships. ENGLISH ESSAY ...

The Honorable Sir T. H. Maddock. MENTAL AND MORAL PHILOSOPHY ... The Honorable C. H. Cameron. LITERATURE PROPER

J. W. Colvile, Esq.
HISTORY

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The Honorable Sir Henry Seton, Knt.

and D. Eliott, Esq. PURE MATHEMATICS...

J. Newmarch, Esq., B. A. MIXED MATHEMATICS

The Revd. J. H. Pratt, M. A. VERNACULAR ESSAY...

The Revd. K. M. Banerjea.

Junior Scholarships. ENGLISH GRAMMAR

C. Beadon, Esq. HISTORY

J. Grant, Esq. GEOGRAPHY

Dr. F. J. Mouat. MATHEMATICS

Dr. F. J. Mouat. TRANSLATIONS (VER.)

Major G. T. Marshall.

The answers were examined by the gentlemen whose names are appended to each.

Senior Scholarships.
MENTAL AND MORAL PHILOSOPHY... The Honorable C. H. Cameron.
LITERATURE PROPER

J. W. Colvile, Esq.

{The. Ellion bloc Sir Henry Seton and

...

HISTORY

Eliott, Esq. ENGLISH ESSAY..

E. A. Samuells and C. Beadon, Esqrs., PURE MATHEMATICS...

J. Newmarch, Esq. MIXED MATHEMATICS

march, Esq. VERNACULAR ESSAY...

The Revd. K. M. Banerjea.

Junior Scholarships. The Principals and Professors of the Hindu and Hooghly Colleges, and

Baboo Kissenchunder Dutt.

{Thareny desa: H. Pratt and J. New

The following is the manner in which the examinations are conducted :

1. Sets of questions on the various branches of study in the Senior and Junior Departments are prepared under the direction of the Council of Education.

2. Each member presiding at the examination is furnished with a copy of each of the sets of Scholarship Questions under a sealed cover, with a superscription specifying the subject of the contained paper, and the day on which it is to be opened in the presence of the scholarship candidates.

3. The students are assembled in a room without books, papers, or references of any kind; are not allowed to communicate with each other during the examination, and on that account are placed at a proper distance from each other.

4. They are required to answer the questions and to write the essays without any assistance whatever ; and to ensure this, one of the members of the Council remains in the room, and superintends the wbole examination.

5. Any attempt at, or practice of unfair means subjects the offending party to a fine of 100 Rs. in cases of Senior, and 50 Rs. in cases of Junior Scholarships: non-payment of the fine within one month, subjecting the offender to exclusion from the Institution till payment, and no offender is capable of then, or again competing for any Scholarship.

6. At the hour fixed for the close of each day's examination, every student delivers to the superintending member of the Council hís answers or his essays signed by himself. The member immediately puts them into an envelope and seals it up.

7. The Council of Education fix uniform standard of value for each question according to its importance. A perfectly correct and complete answer obtains the full number of marks attached to the question, an imperfect answer obtains a part only of the full number in proportion to its approximation to correctness and completeness. At least 50 per cent. of the aggregate number of marks attached to an entire set of examination questions, is necessary to entitle a student either to a Senior or Junior Scholarship.

8. A junior seholar of one year's standing will in future be examined in the junior scholarship papers; 75 per cent of the maximum number of marks being required to admit of his retaining his scholarship.

Junior scholars of 2 and 3 years' standing will undergo their examinations in the senior scholarship papers: they must obtain 20 and 30 per cent. respectively of the aggregate number of marks to entitle them to retain their scholarships.

All senior scholarship holders must pass their examination in the senior scholarship papers. A senior scholar of one year's standing must obtain at least 65 per cent. of the aggregate number of marks allowed, and of all subsequent years, at least 75 per cent. to entitle him to retain his scholarship.

9. No student is allowed to compete for a Junior Scholarship whom the Principal of the College or the Head Master of the school to which he belongs, does not consider competent to attain the requisite standard.

10. No student is allowed to compete for a Senior who has not already obtained a Junior Scholarship, or proved himself qualified to hold one, had there been a vacancy at the last previous examination.

FRED. J. Mount, M. D.

Secretary Council of Education, January 1, 1848.

SCHOLARSHIP QUESTIONS,

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS 1847.

Literature Proper.
Milton.

1. This evening late by then the chewing flocks,
Had ta'en their supper on the savory

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Of knot-grass dew-besprent, and were in fold,
I sat me down to watch upon a bank
With ivy canopied, and interwove
With flaunting honeysuckle, and began,
Wrapt in a pleasing fit of melancholy,
To meditate my rural minstrelsy,
Till fancy had her fill; but ere a close,
The wonted roar was up amidst the woods,
And filled the air with barbarous dissonance;
At which I ceased, and listen'd them awhile,
Till an unusual stop of sudden silence
Gave respite to the drowsy frighted steeds,
That draw the litter of close curtain'd sleep;
At last a soft and solemn-breathing sound
Rose like a stream of rich distilled perfumes,
And stole upon the air, that even silence
Was took ere she was 'ware and wish'd she might
Deny her nature, and be never more,
Still to be so displac'd. I was all ear
And took in strains that might create a soul

Under the ribs of Death.
“ Till an unusual stop of sudden silence,” &c.
Explain this and the two following lines :-

From “ That even silence," &c. down to “ still to be so displaced.”

Explain this passage fully.

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Explain the expression “ that might create a soul under the ribs of Death.” Whence is the image of the ribs of death derived. Give any instances of the like image that may occur

to you.

Explain the expressions “ by then,” “ dew-besprent,” “ Till fancy had her fill,” “ but ere a close the wonted roar was up amidst the woods.” Whose was the wonted roar ?

2.

“ Sometime let gorgeous Tragedy

In scepter'd pall come sweeping by,
Presenting Thebes or Pelops' line

Or the tale of Troy divine;
Or what (though rare) of later age

Ennobled bath the buskin'd stage.”
What is the meaning of “ sceptered pall”? and why is
Tragedy represented as so arrayed ?

Why is the tragic termed “ the buskined” stage ?

What are the principal tragedies which present the line of Thebes—or that of Pelops ? or the tale of Troy? and who were the authors of those tragedies ?

3. Thus saying from her side the fatal key,

Sad instrument of all our woe, she took;
And towards the gate rolling her bestial train,
Forthwith the huge portcullis high up drew

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on a sudden open fly,
With impetuous recoil and jarring sound,
The infernal doors, and on their hinges grate
Harsh thunder, that the lowest bottom shook
Of Erebus—she opened, but to shut

Excelled her power.
What is meant by her bestial train'?

State the allegorical meaning of this passage, and in particular of the words " she opened, but to shut excelled her

power.”

What is there unusual in the manner in which the word grate” is here used ? 4. “ That stone, or like to that which here below

Philosophers in vain so long have sought,
In vain, though by their powerful art they bind
Volatile Hermes, and call up unbound
In various shapes old Proteus from the sea,

Drained through a limbec to his native form,”
To what study do the two first lines allude? to what
science the four last? and what is personified by “ Volatile
Hermes?"

Pope.
5. Peace to all such! but were there one whose fires

True genius kindles, and fair fame inspires;
Blest with each talent, and each art to please,
And born to write, converse, and live with ease:
Should such a man, too fond to live alone,
Bear like the Turk, no brother near the throne,
View him with scornful, yet with jealous eyes,
And hate for arts that caused himself to rise;
Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer;
Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike;
Alike reserved to blame, or to commend,
A timorous foe, and a suspicious friend ;
Dreading e'en fools, by flatterers besieged,
And so obliging that he ne'er obliged ;
Like Cato give his little Senate laws
And sit attention to his own applause;
While wits and templars every sentence raise
And wonder with a foolish face of praise.
Who but must laugh, if such a man there be

Who would not weep if Atticus were he! Which of Pope's contemporaries is here satirized under the name of Atticus. What was the immediate cause of disagreement between him and Pope?

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