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Elements of English History.

Ditto General Geography.
Algebra, to Quadratic Equations.
Plane Trigonometry to solution of triangles, and

measurement of heights and distances.
Elementary Mechanics.
Practical Geometry.

One Modern Language, European or Oriental.
Three hours will be allowed for the examination in each ofi
the extra subjects.


It will be observed from the foregoing, that the total of the qualifying minimum number of marks is 250, the full marks being 450. The qualifying aggregate to pass however is 300.

Candidates are recommended therefore to make the best of the subjects in which they are most proficient.

The use of slates is forbidden, also any other scribbling paper than the margins of the sheets marked with a scribbling column and issued for the purposes of the examination.

Pens, ink, and paper are provided.

No man, while under examination, is allowed to have in possession any book or document calculated to be of unfair use in doing the work, and if discovered in this, or in giving a comrade assistance, or receiving assistance from a comrade, he will be immediately expelled from the room.

It is also not allowable to leave the room for any purpose whatever without giving up the papers while the examination

in any subject is progressing. Arrangements are generally made to allow short intervals between two subjects when taken continuously.

The Regimental Number, Rank, Name, Regiment, Station, and date, must be written at the head of each separate paper. Where this direction is omitted, the work upon the defective sheets will go for nothing.



From one of the most advanced school books. Full marks 100. Qualifying marks, 60.

To obtain full marks, Poetry as well as Prose is to be read aloud in an intelligent manner, with fluency, clearness, correct accentuation and emphasis. It is not, however, compulsory for a candidate to read poetry. Highest marks for reading prose only is 90.

The works of Standard authors afford the best practice.

The following extracts from Reading Books are of the Standard required.

Ex. (a) Again: the unchilled savage of the warmer regions seeks a covering, not from the cold, but from the sun which smites him by day, and the moon which smites him by night. The palm, the banana, the soft-barked trees, the broad-leaved sedges and long-fibred grasses are spoiled by him, as the beasts of the field are by his colder brother. He becomes a sower, a reaper, a spinner, a weaver, a baker, a brewer, a distiller, a dyer, a carpenter; and whilst he is these, he bends the pliant stems of his tropical forest into roof trees and rafters, and clothes them with leaves, and makes for himself a tabernacle of boughs, and so is the arch-architect of a second great school of architecture; and, by-and-by, his twisted branches and interlaced leaves grow into Grecian columns, with Corinthian acanthus capitals, and Gothic pillars, with petrified plants, and stony flowers gracefully curling round them.-- From the “ Royal Reader” No. VI.

Ex. (6) I solemnly declare, that but for the love of knowledge, I should consider the life of the meanest hedger and ditcher as preferable to that of the greatest and richest man in existence; for the fire of our minds is like the fire which the Persians barn on the mountains—it flames night and day, and is immortal and not to be quenched! Upon something it must act and feed upon the pure spirit of knowledge, or upon the foul dregs of polluting passions.

Therefore, when I say, in conducting your understanding, love knowledge with a great love, with a vehement love, with a love coëval with life, what do I say

but love innocence; love virtue; love purity of conduct; love that which, if you are rich and great will sanctify the providence which has made you so, and make men call it justice; love that which, if you are poor, will render your poverty respectable, and make the proudest feel it unjust to laugh at the meanness of your

fortunes; love that which will comfort you, adorn you, and never quit youwhich will open to you the kingdom of thought, and all the boundless regions of conception, as an asylum against the cruelty, the injustice, and the pain that may be your lot in the outer world—that which will make your motives habitually great and honourable, and light up in an instant a thousand noble disdains at the very thought of meaness and fraud.—From the “Royal Reader" No. VI.

Ex. (c) Will Wimble's is the case of many a younger brother of a great family, who would rather see their children starve like gentlemen than thrive in a trade or profession that is beneath their quality. This humour fills several parts of Europe with pride and beggary. It is the happiness of a trading nation, like ours, that the

younger sons, though incapable of any liberal art or profession, may be placed in such a way of life, as may perhaps enable them to vie with the best of their family. Accordingly, we find several citizens that were launched into the world with narrow fortunes, rising by an honest industry to greater estates than those of their elder brothers. It is not improbable that Will was formerly tried at divinity, law, or physic; and that finding his genius did not lie that way, his parents gave him up at length to his own inventions. But certainly, however improper he might have been for studies of a higher nature, he was perfectly well turned for the occupations of trade and commerce. From the “ National Reading Book," Standard VI.

Es. (d)

There is a glorious city in the sea :
The sea is in the broad, the narrow streets,
Ebbing and flowing; and the salt sea-weed
Clings to the marble of her palaces !
No tread of men, no footsteps to and fro,
Lead to her gates; the path lies o'er the sea,
Invincible; and from the land we went
As to a floating city,-steering in
And gliding up her streets as in a dream,
So smoothly-silently—by many a dome,
Mosque-like, and many a stately portico,
The statues ranged along an azure sky,
By many a pile in more than Eastern pride,
of old the residence of merchant-kings ;
The fronts of some, though time had

shattered them,
Still glowing with the richest hues of art,
As though the wealth within them had run o'er.-Rogers.

From "Royal Reader" No. VI.

Ex. (e)

How many thousands of my poorest subjects
Are at this hour asleep! Sleep, gentle Sleep,
Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down,
And steep my senses in forgetfulness ?
Why rather, Sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee,
And hushed with buzzing night flies to thy slumber
Than in the perfumed chambers of the great,
Under the canopies of costly state,
And lalled with sounds of sweetest melody?

O thou dull god! why liest thou with the vile,
In loathsome beds, or leav'st the kingly couch
A watch-case, or a common 'larum bell ?
Wilt thou upon the high and giddy mast,
Seal up the ship-boy's eyes, and rock his brains
In cradle of the rude imperious serge ;
And in the visitation of the winds,
Who take the ruffian billows by the top,
Curling their monstrous heads, and hanging them
With deafening clamours in the slippery clouds.
That, with the hurly, death itself awakes ?
Canst thou, O partial Sleep, give thy repose
To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude;
And, in the calmest and most stillest night,
With all appliances and means to boot,
Deny it to a king ? Then happy low, lie down!
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.-Shakespeare.

From “National Reading Book," No. VI.


Full marks, 100. Qualifying marks, 60.

The marks are divided, 40 being apportioned for handwriting, and 60 for spelling

The exercise comprises 70 different words, given out at the rate of eight words a minute. The following extracts of the standard required should be written at the dictation of another person.

Ex. (a) The exquisite and delicate mechanism of different parts of the human frame claims our highest admiration ; but our wonder is greatly increased when we consider that it performs its different functions for fifty or sixty years together, with very little diminution of its power. What hinge could the most skilful workman contrive, that might be used as often as our elbow-joint is, for so long a term, without being disordered or worn out ? Have we not here a strong proof of the vast

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