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a) On what occasion does Hamlet speak these words? Explain their mean

ing in your own words. 6) Why does he reproach himself as he does in the first two lines? c) Show in what specific ways Hamlet may seem to deserve this reproach.

Do you yourself think that he deserves it?

GROUP II-POETRY (Topic 1) Milton's Poems Do you regard Milton's use of allusion as a grace or as an encumbrance to

his verse? Illustrate your answer by reference to particular passages in L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, or Comus in which he employs at continuous length allusions of (a) a mythological, (b) a pastoral, or (c) a literary nature.

(Topic 2) Tennyson's Idylls of the King

0, when we reach'd
The city, our horses stumbling as they trode
On heaps of ruin, hornless unicorns,
Crack'd basilisks, and splinter'd cockatrices,
And shatter'd talbots, which had left the stones

Raw, that they fell from, brought us to the hall.
Who speaks these words and on what occasion? Explain the meaning of

the italicized words. For what reason had the ruin come about? What report did the persons mentioned bring with them? Who is the chief

figure in this story?
(Topic 8) Palgrave's Golden Treasury

The Terror of Death
When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,
Before high pilèd books in charact'ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen'd grain;

When I behold upon the night's starr'd face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;

And when I feel, fair Creature of an hour!
That I shall never look upon


Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting lovethen on the shore

Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink.




a) How does the form of the above sonnet differ from the sonnet form used

by Wordsworth? b) Explain why Keats should be writing of death, and show how his desires

as here expressed are partially, at least, realized in the Ode to Autumn and Ode on a Grecian Urn or any other of his poems to which you may wish to refer.

GROUP III—ORATORY (Topic 1) Burke's Speech on Conciliation What were the principles underlying Lord North's policy in regard to

America? Upon what different principles does Burke base his objections to Lord North's project?

(Topic 2) Washington's Farewell Address and Webster's First Bunker Hill

Oration a) What were the internal conditions in America which led Washington to

argue as he did for a firm union? 6) What bearing have this situation and this argument upon the present

problem of international union?

(Topic 3) Macaulay's Speeches on Copyright and Lincoln's Speech at Cooper

Union a) On what ground does Macaulay object to extending the period of copy

right, and what are some of the illustrations with which he enlivens his

argument? 6) “Our fathers, when they framed the government under which we live,

understood this question just as well, and even better, than we do now.” From whom did Lincoln quote this? What is the question referred to?

What was Lincoln's argument on this question? How does the development of his argument make this Cooper Union speech a valuable historical document?

GROUP IV-ESSAYS (Topic 1) Macaulay's Life of Johnson Give some account of Johnson's friends, and explain their admiration of him

and his influence among them. (Topic 2) Carlyle's Essay on Burns What parallels in environment and in traditions in the lives of Burns and

Carlyle created the basis of Carlyle's understanding of Burns's life and work? What differences between the two men in character and intellect are discoverable in Carlyle's essay?

(Topic 3) Emerson's Essay on Manners

“The open air and the fields, the street and public chambers are the places

where Man executes his will; let him yield or divide the sceptre at the door

of the house." How does Emerson go on to deal with the influence of woman upon manners ?


Discuss briefly one of the following topics in one or more well constructed paragraphs:

1. The military, family, or business life of today as contrasted with that depicted in the Old Testament, the Iliad, the Odyssey, or the Aeneid.

2. The scene of action, and its appropriateness to the events, in any one of the novels or dramas that you have read.

3. Craft and cruelty as exemplified in any of the novels and dramas you have read.

4. "What and how produced was the effect of society on him, what and how produced was his effect on society?” In these words Carlyle sets forth his idea of the aim of biography. From this point of view comment upon some biography.

5. The element of the heroic in some of the poems that you have read.




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