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Royal College of Surgeons of England,
PRELIMINARY GENERAL EDUCATION AND EXAMINATION.
Candidates who shall commence their Professional Education on or after the 1st of
1. Of Graduation in Arts at a recognized University.
2. Of an Examination for Matriculation, or such other Examination as shall, in either case, from time to time be sanctioned by the Council of this College, at a University in the United Kingdom, at a recognized University in the Colonies, or at a recognized foreign University.
3. Of the Oxford, Cambridge, or Durham Middle Class Examinations, either Junior or Senior.
4. Of the Preliminary Examination for the Fellowship of this College.
5. Of the Previous Examination of the University of Cambridge.
6. Of the Examination of the College of Preceptors. (First Class.)
7. Candidates who shall not be able to produce one or other of the foregoing Certificates, will be required to pass an Examination in English, Classics, and Mathematics, conducted by the Board of Examiners of the College of Preceptors.
8. The Examinations will be held in London, until otherwise directed by the Council. 9. The Fee for the Examination will be the same as that paid at the Oxford Junior Middle Class Examination.
N.B.-An Apprenticeship entered into on or after the 8th December, 1859, will not be considered as exempting a Candidate from the necessity of passing the Preliminary Examination for the Membership.
The following are the subjects of the Examination during the year 1861, viz.PART I.
1. Reading aloud a passage from some English author.
2. Writing from dictation.
3. English Grammar.
4. Writing a short English composition; such as a description of a place, an account of some useful or natural product, or the like.
5. Arithmetic. No Candidate will be passed who does not show a competent know
ledge of the first four rules, simple and compound, and of Vulgar Fractions.
6. Questions on the Geography of Europe, and particularly of the British Isles.
7. Questions on the outlines of English History, that is, the succession of the Sovereigns and the leading events of each reign.
Papers will also be set on the following eight subjects, and each Candidate will be required to offer himself for examination on one subject at least, but no Candidate will be examined on more than four :
1. Translation of a passage from the first book of Cæsar's Commentaries, De Bello Gallico.
2. Translation of a passage from St. John's Gospel in Greek.
3. Translation of a passage from Voltaire's "History of Charles XII."
5. Translation of a passage from the first two books of Schiller's "Geschichte des dreissig-jährigen Krieges."
Besides these translations into English, the Candidate will be required to answer questions on the Grammar of each selected subject.
5. Mathematics. Euclid, Books I. and II. Algebra to Simple Equations inclusive.
6. Mechanics. The questions will be chiefly of an elementary character.
7. Chemistry. The questions will be on the elementary facts of Chemistry.
8. Botany and Zoology. The questions will be on the classification of Plants and Animals.
The quality of the handwriting and the spelling will be taken into account.
PRELIMINARY GENERAL EXAMINATION.-Midsummer, 1860.
TUESDAY, June 26th.-Morning, 10 to 11.
1. Explain the nature and use of the "parts of speech," and give the exact meaning and derivation of the terms employed to denote them.
2. What are the different methods of forming the plural of nouns? State and account for the exceptional forms.
3. Classify and define the various kinds of pronouns.
4. What is meant by the "moods" and "tenses of verbs? Show what real tenses the English verb has, and how its deficiencies of inflexion are supplied.
5. Write out the past tense and past participles of the following verbs :-Come, go, bear, leave, rise, raise, hold, make, swim, write.
6. What is meant by the terms "prefix" and "suffix ?" Give examples, stating from what language each is derived, its exact meaning, and its force in combination.
7. From what sources is the language now spoken in England derived, and at what time did it assume its present form?
8. Name the authors who have contributed most largely to the establishment of a standard for the English language.
9. Parse and analyse the first sentence of the following extract, and turn the whole passage into prose:
"So sleep the good, who sink to rest,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
To dwell, a weeping hermit there."
10. Write a short composition on one of the following subjects, paying particular attention to the spelling, to the use of the stops, and to the capital letters.
a. The history of some scientific discovery.
b. The life of some distinguished man.
c. An account of any one of the manufactures carried on in Great Britain.
d. A brief narrative of the principal events in the reign of any