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M.A. Examination.



Papers set by-J. MANN, Esq., M.A.

Rev. Dr. J. MORRISON, M.A., D.D.

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The figures in the margin indicate full marks.
1. Write explanatory notes on the following passages, showing clearly
by whom and onder what circumstances each of them is spoken
(a) Yon, Polydore have proved best woodman, and

Are master of the feast : Cadwal and I
Will play the cook and servant ; 'tis our matoh :
The sweat of industry would dry and die,
But for the end it works to. Come; our stomachs
Will make what's homely savoury : weariness
Can spore upon the flint, when resty sloth
Finds the down pillow hard. Now, peace be here,

Poor house, that keep'st thyself ! (6) O, the charity of a penny cord! it sams up thousands in a trice : you liave no true debitor and creditor but it ; of what's past, is, and to come, the discharge : your neck, sir, is pen, book, and counters; 80 the acquittance follows.

(c) Sometime she gallops o'er a courtier's nose,

And then dreams he of smelling out a suit ;
And sometime comes she with a tithe pig's tail
Tickling a parson's nose as a' lies asleep.
Then dreams he of another benefice :
Sometime she driveth o'er a soldier's neck,
And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambascadoes, Spanish blades,

Of healths five-fathom deep.
(d) Alack, alack, is it not like that I,

So early walking, what, with lo:thsome smells,

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And shrieks like mandrakes' torn out of the earth,
That living mortals, hearing them, run mad :-
O, if I wake, shall I not be distraught,

Euvironed with all these hideous fears ?
(e) The sea, with such a storm as his bare head

In hell-black night endared, would bave buoy'd up,
And qaenched the stelled fires :
Yet, poor old heart, he holp the heavens to rain.
If wolves had at thy gate howl'd that stern time,
Thoa shouldst have said, ' Good porter, tarn the key,'
All crnels else subscribed : but I shall see

The winged vengeance overtake such children.
(f) Sir, you have shown to-day your valiant strain,

And fortune led you well; you have the captives
That were the opposites of this day's strife :
We do require them of you, so to use them
As we shall find their merits and our safety

May equally determine.

(9) Let me have no lying: it becomes noue but tradesman, and they often give us soldiers the lie : but we pay them for it with stainped coin, not stabbing steel ; therefore they do not give as the lie.

O royal piece
There's magic in thy majesty, which has
My evils conjured to remembrance and
From thy adıniring daughter took the spirits,
Standing like stone with thee.



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(i) By the foot of Pharaoh, and 'twere my case now, I should send him a chartel presently. The bastinado ! a most proper and sufficient dependence, warranted by the great (aranza. Come hither, you shall chartel him ; I'll show you a trick or two you shall kill him with at pleasure ; the first stoccata, if you will, by this air.

2. It has been remarked that King Lear contains incessant references to tbe lower animals and man's likeness to them. Show that this remark is true.

3. Compare the character of Goneril with that of the Qneen in Cymbeline.

4. 'I consider Romeo designed to represent the character of an unlucky man--a man who, with the best views and fairest intentions, is perpetually so unfortunate as to fail in every aspiration, and, while exerting himself to the utmost in their behalf, to involve all whom he holds dearest in misery and ruin,

What may be said in favour of this view ?

5. 'If Shakespeare had not killed Mercutio, Mercatio wonld have killed Shakespeare. Write a short essay on this subject.

6. Hudson remarks of Shakespeare : - Niggard of speech, prodigal of thought, he uses the closest compression. Illustrate this remark from Cymbeline.

7. It has been objected that the incident of Hermione's snpposed death and concealment for sixteen years shocks our ideas of probability. What defence may be made for Shakespeare ? Do you consider it adeqnate ? 8. Lady Capulet remarks with regard to Benvolio :

• He is a kinsman to the Montague ;

Affection makes him false; he speaks not true.'
How far may this accusation be substantiated ?




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9. Point out some of the most glaring anachronisms in The Winters' Tale.

10. Fix approximately the age of Kent.

11. Do you consider that the introduction of the secondary plot in King Lear is a blemish ? Give reasous for your opinion. Point oat some improbabilities in the secondary plot.

12. Explain the following passages and illustrate them by quotations from Shakespeare :

(a) To conceal such real ornaments as these, and shadow their glory, as a milliner's wife does her wrought stomacher, with a smoaky lawn, or


a black cypress!



(6) Death! I can endure the stocks better.

(c) Only these two have so litte of man in them, they are no part of my care.

13. Describe the expedient by which Captain Bobadil proposed to save the one half, nay three parts “of her majesty's" yearly charge in holding will, and against what enemy soever.'

14. Quote some lines in the Prologue to Every Man in his Humour, which seem to contain a satirical allusion to certain incideuts in Shakes. peare's plays. 15. Discuss the readings in the following passages :

(a) That did but show thee, of a fool, inconstant

And damnable ingrateful.
(6) Ten masts at each make not the altitude

Which thou hast perpendicularly fell.
(c) No court, no father ; por no more ado

With that harsh, noble, simple nothing,
That Cloten, whose love-suit has been to me

As fearful as a siege.
(d) I'll say yon grey is not the morning's eye,

'Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow.




The figures in the margin indicate full marks.

1. Set forth Chnocer's merits as a story-teller.

10 Write a short description of the Pardoner.

State some of Chaucer's services to English metre. 2. (A) Tarn the following passages into modern English, adding 14 brief explanatory notes where necessary :

(a) Was ther no philosophre in al thy toun ?

Is no tyme bet than other in swich cas ?
Of viage is ther non eleccioan,
Namely to folk of hey condicioun,
Not whan a rote is of a birthe yknowe?
Allas! we ben to lewed or to slowe.

wonder wyse,

() Who lyued euer in swich delyt o day

That him ne moeaed other conscience,

Or Ire, or talent, or som kin affray ?
(c) Thise cokes, how they stampe, and streyne, and grynde,

And turnen snbstance in-to accident,

To fulfille al thy likerons talent !
(d) For vnto shrewes iose it is and ese

To haue her felawes in peyne and and disese ;
Thus was I ones lerned of a clerke.
Of that no charge, I wol speke of our werke.
Whan we been ther as we shul exercyse
Our eluish craft, we semen,

Onr termes been so clergial and so queynte.
(e) Her chaffar was so thrifty and so newe,

That every wyghte hath deyntee to chaffare

With hem, and eek to sellen hem her ware. (f) I rekke nener, whan that they ben bersed.

Thongh that her soules goon a blakeberyed ! (B) Explain :

(a) Flemer of feendes out of hym and here.
(6) V8 moste putte our good in auentare.
(c) Euery man chit, and halt him ynel apayd.
(d) I can nat telle wher-on it was long.
(e) Wo ocupieth the fyn of our gladnesse.

3. Write some remarks on Paradise Regained as a didactic epic. 10 Criticize the banquet scene, and the answer to the philosophical' temptation. Quote, from the description of Athens, the lines referring to the • famous orators.' 4. Annotate:

16 (a) But what have been thy answers ? what bat dark,

Ambignous, and with donble sense delading,
Which they who asked have seldom understood ? ...
But this thy glory soon shall be retrenched ;
No more shalt thou by oracling abuse

The Gentiles ; henceforth oracles are ceased.
(b) Such forces met not, nor so wide a camp,

When Agrican with all his northern powers
Besieg'd Albracca, as romances tell ;
The city of Gallaphrone, from whence to win
The fairest of her sex Angelica
His daughter, sought by many prowess knights,

Both Paynim, and the peers of Charlemane.

Therefore one of these
Thou must make sure thy own; the Parthian first
By my advice, as nearer and of late
Fonnd able by invasion to annoy
Thy country and captive lead away her kings,
Antigonus, and old Hyrcanus bound,

Maugre the Roman.
(d) Thence what the lofty grave tragedians taught

In chorus or iambio, teachers best


Of moral prudence, with delight received
In brief senteutious precepts, while they treat
Of fate, and chance, and change in human life,

High actions and high passions best describing. 5. State in your own words, the main thesis of the Essay on Man, and 10 quote the concluding lines of the poem, in which it is summed up.

' In his choice of his subject Pope was the man of his age : he was no less so in the form.' Discuss this.

6. Annotate the following passages, indicating the connexion of 18 each with the argument :

(a) If the great end be human happiness,

Then natare deviates, and can man do less ?...
Account for moral as for nat'ral things :

Why charge we heav'n in those, in these acquit ?
16) Superior beings, when of late they saw

A mortal man unfold all nature's law,
Admir'd such wisdom in an earthly shape,

And show'd a Newton as we show an ape.
(c) Thus nature gives as (let it check our pride)

The virtue nearest to our vice ally'd :
Reason the byas turns to good from ill,

And Nero reigns a Titas, if he will.
(d) Bat fools the good alone unhappy call,

For ills or accidents that chance to all.
See Falkland dies, the virtuous and the just !
See god-like Turenne prostrate on the dust!...

Was this their virtue, or contempt of life ?
(e) All fame is foreign, but of trne desert ;...

One self-approving hour whole years out-weighs
Of stupid starers, and of loud huzzas ;
And more true joy Marcellus exil'd feels,
Than Ceasar with a Senate at his heels.



7. Write a short notice of Arthur Hallam.

Illastrate from In Memoriam Tennyson's ' power of putting Na. 10 ture under contribution to help him in delineating moods of feeling.' 8. Annotate:

What hope is here for modern rhyme

To him, who turns a musing eye

On songs, and deeds, and lives, that lie
Foreshorten'd in the tract of time ?
These mortal lullabies of pain

May bind a book, may line a box,

May serve to curl a maiden's locks
Or when a thousand moons shall wane.
A man upon a stall may find,

And passing, tarn the page that tells

A grief, then changed to something else,
Sung by a long-forgotten mind.
But what of that? My darken'd ways
Shall ring with music all the same :

To breathe my loss is more than fame,
To utter love more sweet than praise.

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