Monday, July 22, 2013

How would you have fared in a Victorian School?

Every now and again, a little piece of ephemera comes along that catches the imagination. This is the midsummer exam paper for 1894 at Trinity College, Glenalmond in Scotland: The General Paper. I've been having fun all weekend trying the different sections so I decided to share the fun today. I'm not offering any prizes, nor will there be any answers given as definitive by me but, if you want to have a bash or ask questions of others, you are more than welcome to use the comments below. Of course, Google will be your friend in sorting out more obscure answers but give it at least one go 'under exam conditions'.

So, quiet in the hall please, turn over your papers and begin....

I. In what works do the following characters appear:
1. Bardolph
2. Mr Pecksniff
3. Porthos
4. Mulvaney
5. Dominic Sampson
6. Gavin Dishart
7. Denys
8. Dr Watson
9 Alan Breck
10. Sir Toby Belch
11. Dr Primrose
12. Glumdalclitch
13. Ali Baba
14. Iago
15. Harry Warrington
16. Jeanie Deans
17. The Sieur de Marsac
18. Salvation Yeo

II. What are the distinctive national punishments of: 
1. Russia
2. France
3. England
4. Turkey
5. Spain
6. Japan

III. Who said:
1. They need is greater than mine
2. I die happy
3. We owe a cock to Aesculapius
4. England expects every man to do his duty
5. All taps is vanities
6. Is this a dagger which I see before me?
7. Remember Mitchelstown!
8. Paris is worth a mass
9. The butter's spread too thick
10. A sophistical rhetorician inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity
11. Remember!
12. L'etat c'est moi
13. Ill mak'siccar

IV. Give the name of:
1. The Queen who drank a pearl
2. The General who gave his name to a waiting policy
3. The man who made the sun stand still
4. The King who let the cakes burn
5. The boy who stood on the burning deck
6. The Knight who charged at windmills
7. The Emperor who fiddled while Rome was burning
8. The King who turned locksmith
9. The King who had ass's ears
10. The man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo
11. ". . . the face that launched a thousand ships / And burned the topless towers of Ilium"

V. Mention one living novelist in:
1. England
2. France
3. Germany
4. Hungary
5. Norway
6. America
7. Russia
8. Italy

VI. What are the following:
1. Blue Peter
2. Blue Pill
3. Bluejacket
4. Blue Stone
5. Blue-coat School
6. Blue Points
7. Blue Ribbonite
8. Blur Ribbon of the Turf
9. Blue Stocking
10. A Bolt from the Blue
11. A "Blue"
12. Blue Book
13. Blue Blood
14. Blue Moon
15. Blue Mountains
16. Blue Rock
17. Blue Ensign
18 "The Blue Pavillions"

VII For what are the following days remarkable:
1. 1st of January
2. 14th of February
3. The Ides of March
4. 1st of April
5. 19th of April
6. 24th of May
7. 29th of May
8. 18th of June
9. 4th of July
10. 12th of July
11. 14th of July
12. 12th of August
13. 20th of September
14. 5th of November
15. 9th of November

VIII. State profession, position, or reason for notoriety &c. (answers in one word where possible) of:
1. Mr Asquith
2. Mr Toole
3. Mr G du Maurier
4. Baron Hirsch
5. Mlle. Sarah Bernhardt
6. Dr. Benson
7. Mr Fry
8. The Duke of Cornwall
9. Mr Alma Tadema
10. Mr Selous
11. Messrs. Mudie & Co.
12. Herr Dowe
13. M. Casimir-Perier
14. Prof. Huxley
15. Signora Duse
16. Mme. Sarah Grand
17. Mr Spofforth
18. Humbert
19. Lord Russell of Killowen
20. Captain Mahan
21. Cesario Santo
22. Florence Nightingale
23. Messrs. Longmans, Green & Co.
24. Mr Bililngton
25. Mr G. M. Fenn
26. Mr Pinero
27. Mr Deibler
28. Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David
29. Sir William Arroll
30. Mr Keir Hardie
31. Mr Andrew Lang
32. Count Caprivi

IX. Complete the quotations:
1. Freinds, Romans
2. In the scene that ensued I did not
3. An arm clothed in white
4. How doth
5. Fools rush in
6. I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I
7. A thing of beauty
8. Footsteps that perhaps another sailing
9. Barkis is
10. All roads lead
11. There is no god but Allah and
12. Good morning, have you

X. Give the names of:
1. An order issued by the Czar
2. An order granted by the Sultan
3. A permit to travel in a foreign country
4. The most famous Cricket ground in England
5. The place where the Derby is run
6. The place where Shakespeare was born
7. The animal that changes colour
8. The material of a Bishop's sleeves
9. The owner of Ladas
10. The state between a caterpillar and a butterfly
11. The fabulous animal that kills at a glance
12. "The last infirmity of noble minds"
13. The colour of the lining of an Oxford M.A. hood
14. The burning of heretics by Spanish Inquisition
15. The material of a Q.C.'s gown
16. The owner of Britannia
17. The instrument for estimating temperature
18. The instrument for estimating humidity

XI. Give the meaning of:
1. H.P.S.
2. S.P.G
3. D.S.O.
4. Sp. Gr.
5. Sus. per. Coll.
6. R.A.
7. R.I.P.
8. R.S.V.P.
9. D.D.
10. MS.
11. K.C.S.I.
12. Q.E.F.
13. S.P.Q.R.
14. L.B.S.C.
15. B.N.C.
16. D.V.
17. da capo
18. Festina lente
19. ff.
20. O.H.M.S.
21. H.M.S.
22. A.A.A.
23. i.e.
24. V.C.
25. e.g.
26. Y.M.C.A.
27. R.T.Y.C.
28. C.U.B.C.
29. F.R.G.S.

XII Who wrote:
1. Monte Cristo
2. Alice in Wonderland
3. The Bab Ballads
4. Robinson Crusoe
5. Daniel Deronda
6. Esmond
7. The Canterbury Tales
8. The Doll's House
9. Antigone
10. Far From the Madding Crowd
11. Hard Cash
12. Two Gentlemen of Verona
13. The Pilgrim's Progress
14. The King's Quhair
15. Samson Agonistes
16. Childe Harolde
17. Katerfelto
18. Lorna Doone
19. The Inferno
20. The Epodes
21. The Life of Dr Johnson
22. The Moonstone
23. The Odyssey
24. In Memoriam
25. The Pharsalia
26. Utopia
27. The Wealth of Nations
28. The Rivals
29 Cato
30. Tam o'Shanter

XIII. Localise:
1. The Escurial
2. Yale
3. The Coliseum
4. "The Hub of the Universe"
5. La Scala
6. The Nevsky Prospect
7. San Marco
8. The Dent Blanche
9. Unter den Linden
10. The Brocken
11. Broadway
12. K2
13. Stonehenge
14. Hecla
15. The Elysee
16. Fingal's Cave
17. Antannanarivo
18. Charybdis
19. John o'Groats
20. The White House
21. Salt Lake City
22. Seven Dials
23. The Pillars of Hercules
24. The Piraeus
25. The Golden Gate

XIV. Give the number of:
1. Members of the House of Commons
2. Yards in the Quarter of a Mile
3. Legs on a Fly
4. Chief Stars in the Great Bear
5. Verses in the 119th Psalm
6. Books of the Aeneid
7. Individuals actually on the field in a cricket match
8. Volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica
9. Wings on an Apteryx
10. Acts in a classical English tragedy
11. Years the Queen has reigned
12. Direct Heirs to the throne
13. Miles in the Earth's radius
14. The "Beast"

XV. What names are chiefly connected with:
1. Discovery of America
2. Invention of the Spinning-Jenny
3. Introduction of the Potato
4. Law of Gravitation
5. Invention of Balloons
6. Elecropathic Belts
7. Safety Lamp
8. Late Tramp Army in America
9. Salvation Army
10. Chloroform
11. Vaccination
12. Treatment of Hydrophobia
13. The "Liberator" Frauds
14. The Lyceum Theatre
15. The present Budget Bill
16. Introduction of Printing into England.

XVI. Why are they following so called:
1. "Bradshaw"
2. Monday
3. Brougham
4. "Bobby"
5. Omnibus
6. Perambulator
7. Boycotting
8. Buttercup
9. Baedecker
10. Bicycle
11. "Gamp"
12. Tramway
13. Greenback
14. Mob
15. Hansom



Alexei said...

Funny - when you think about the horror about introducing traditional curricula in schools, this looks so much more fun than modern exam questions. I did terribly though!

Distinctive national punishments?? Really?

Callum said...

Hi Alexei,

Yes, I thought the 'Distinctive National Punishments' was a remarkable category as well, and I can't for the life of me think what they might have been...

I did hopelessly as well.

A lovely tumblr you have btw


J said...

Wow! Biblio has linked to this quiz on Facebook!

Who links to my website?