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STUDY OF MILTON
English Master, Montrose Academy
ALEXANDER RODGERS, 62 HIGH STREET
980. m. 250.
It is now generally allowed that, after the elements of English Grammar have been thoroughly mastered, a wholesome knowledge of the structure of the language may be best and most easily acquired through the study of our classic authors.
But in reading any work, for this purpose, it is difficult to secure a careful and thorough preparation of the lesson. The request to prepare the next ten or twenty lines is so vague and indefinite, that the diligent learn little, and the indolent, nothing at all. It is in the hope of removing this difficulty, by giving the lessons prescribed a more definite shape, that these Questions and Notes have been prepared.
The Questions are not meant to be exhaustive. They have been framed with the view of helping the pupil to prepare the lessons, and not for the purpose of assisting the teacher to examine.
In selecting the words to be parsed, especial care has been taken, to direct attention to the main difficulties in the structure of the sentences.
The Notes, containing helps and hints to the Answers, are placed at the end of the text, so that the
pupil is not tempted to rely upon their help in the class, and the teacher may make use of the Questions as a test of preparation.
Tables for Parsing and Analysis are appended, that the pupils may know precisely what is required in the parsing of a word, or the analyzing of a sentence; and that they may be taught to write their exercises in a stated form, which will make it easy to examine and correct the whole of them at once.