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Honor aud M. A. Gxamination.


POETRY. Examiner-MR. K. DEIGHTON, M. A. 1. Shakespeare, Wordsworth said, “could not have written an Epic" : Why not?

2. “Mr. Wordsworth's sonnet never goes off, as it, were, with a clap, or repercussion at the close; but is thrown up like a rocket, breaks into light, and falls in a soft shower of brightness :" Explair: this effect of Wordsworth's sonnets, and point out why Shakespeare's sonnets differ so widely from his in this respect.

3. What predominant sentiments do you trace in each of the four “ Books” of the Golden Treasury ? Quote any passages from it which refer to the daisy, the daffodil, or the violet.

4. “In imaginative intensity Marvell and Shelley are closely related :" illustrate this remark by a comparison of passages from their lyrics.

5. Point out evidences of Keats' admiration of our Elizabethan poetry.

6. Describe the constitution and aims of the Order of the Knights of the Round Table. What circumstances led to its failure and dissolution ?

7. To what does Tennyson compare the barge which bore Arthur to Avilion ? And to what, Lancelot's plucking down of Modred from the wall ? Explain this “ strange rhyme of by-gone Merlin :"

“Where is he who knows? From the great deep to the great deep he goes." 8. Illustrate Tennyson's treatment of the Arthurian legends by comparing passages from the Idylls with the following extracts from Mallory's Morte D'Arthur:

“ Comfort thyself, said the king, and do as well as thou mayest, for in me is no trust for to trust in. For I will into the vale of Avilion, and heal me of my grievous wound. And if thou hear never more of me, pray for my soul. But ever the queens and the ladies wept and shrieked, that it was pity to hear."

" And when queen Guenever understood that king Arthur was slain, and all the noble knights, Sir Mordred and all the remnant, then the queen stole away, and five ladies with her, and so she went

to Almesbury, and there she let make herself a nun, and wore white clothes and black, and great penance she took, as ever did sinful lady in this land, and never creature could make her merry, but lived in fasting, prayers, and alms-deeds, that all manner of people marvelled how virtuously she was changed. Now leave the queen Guenever in Almesbury a nun in white clothes and black, and there she was abbess and ruler, as reason would.”

9. From what poems are the following lines taken ? Explain the allusions :

“To merry London, my most kindly nurse,
That to me gave this life's first native source,
Though from another place I take my name,
An house of ancient fame."

“ The oracles are dumb

No voice or hideous hum
Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving."
“ And now the Irish are ashamed
To see themselves in one year tamed:

So much one man can do
That does both act and know."
“ Sydneian showers
Of sweet discourse, whose powers

Can crown old winter's head with flowers."
“She-wolf of France, with unrelenting fangs
That tear’st the bowels of thy mangled mate,
From thee be born, who o'er thy country hangs

The scourge of Heaven!”
(9.) “ The fiend whose lantern lights the mead

Were better mate than 1.” (9.) “Thy sonl was like a star and dwelt apart.”

10. Write notes on the italicized words in the following passages :(a.)

"I had liefer twenty years
Skip to the broken music of my brains

Than any broken music thon canst make." (6.) “ Last, in a rocky hollow, belling, heard

The hounds of Mark."
“Shot like a streamer of the northern morn
Seen were the moving isles of winter shock
By night, with noises of the Northern Sea."
“And all his greaves and cuisses dash'd with drops
Of onset."

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“ For housel or for shrift.
“ Down in the cellars, merry, bloated things
Shouldered the spigot, straddling on the butts.”

THE DRAMA. Examiner—MR. K. DEIGHTON, M. A. 1. “Why did Shakespeare, with the authentic materials of history at hand, and with his own matchless power of shaping those materials into beautiful and impressive forms, why did he, in this single instance" (the play of King John), “ depart from his usual course, preferring a fabulous history to the true, and this too when, for aught now appears, the true would have answered his purpose just as well?”

2. What "humours" are ridiculed in the characters of Holofernes, Armado, Nym, Shallow, Slender, and Bardolph? Under what circumstances does Shakespeare employ prose instead of verse ?

3. Reproduce, in a vivid narrative, the substance of any one of the following scenes :

(a.) K. John, iv. 1: Hubert, Executioners and Arthur.

(6.) Shrew, iv. 3 : Katherine and Grumio : Enter Petruchio and Hortensio. Enter Tailor. Enter Haberdasher,

(c.) Richard, ii. v. 5: King Richard. Enter Groom. Enter Keeper. Enter Exton and Servants, armed.

4. Professor Dowden speaking of the “six full-length portraits of kings of England” “ left by Shakspere" says that " these six fall into two groups of three each”: of what do these two groups consist, and to which do John, Richard II., and Henry IV. severally belong ? Give a careful sketch of the character of Henry IV.

5. The following quotations are from the Folio (1623). Give reasons for leaving the text as it stands, or propose and explain any emendations (affecting words or punctuation) that may occur to you :(a.) With him along is come the Mother Queene,

An Ace stirring him to bloud and strife. (6.) Who hath not heard it spoken,

How deepe you were within the Bookes of Heaven?
To us, the Speaker in his Parliament,

To us, th' imagine Voyce of Heaven it selfe. (c.)

And when Love speaks, the voyce of all the gods,

Make heaven drowsie with the harmonie. (d.) Huntsman I charge thee, tender well my hounds,

Brach Meriman, the poore curre is imbost. 6. By whom, and in what connection, are the following words spoken :



“Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale,
Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man."
“As in a theatre, the eyes of men,
After a well-graced actor leaves the stage,
Are idly bent on him that enters next,
Thinking his prattle to be tedious.”
“A plague of all cowards, I say.”
“ Thus we play the fools with the time, and the spirits of

the wise sit in the clouds and mock us.” (e.) "A child of our grand-mother Eve, a female ; or for thy

more sweet understanding, a woman.” (f. As Stephen Sly, and old John Naps of Greece,

And Peter Turf, and Henry Pimpernel.” 7. State the different interpretations that have been put upon the dramatic purpose and significance of the opening scene of Richard II.

8. “How various in size and quality the orbs that revolve round him” (Falstaff) and shine by his light”: illustrate this ?

9. Explain the following passages :

(a.) “ Thou art so fat-witted, with drinking of old sack, and unbuttoning thee after supper, and sleeping upon benches after noon, that thon hast forgotten to demand that truly which thou wouldst truly know. What a devil hast thou to do with the time of day?

“ A thousand flatterers sit within thy crown,
Whose compass is no bigger than thy head ;
And yet, incaged in so small a verge,

The waste is no whit lesser than thy land.” (c.) “ A greater power than we denies all this ;

And till it be undoubted, we do lock
Our former scruple in our strong-barr'd gates ;
King'd of our fears, until our fears, resolv'd,

Be by some certain king purg'd and depos'd. (Give the reading of the folio in the fourth line of the above extract.) (d.) “Why, thou say'st true; it is a paltry cap,

A custard-coffin, a bauble, a silken pie :


O mercy, God! what masquing stuff is here ?
What's this ? a sleeve ? 'tis like a demi-cannon :
What, up and down, carved like an apple-tart ?
Here's snip and nip and cut and slish and slash,
Like to a censer in a barber's shop."

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