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Comprehensive Examination

ENGLISH Monday, September 18

9:00 a. m.-12:00 m. However accurate in subject matter, no paper will be considered satisfactory if eriously defective in punctuation, spelling, or other essentials of good usage.

Allow about one hour for each of the three parts of the paper.

PART I

(Choose two questions from Part I.) 1. Select a famous character in drama or prose fiction; mention three or four

qualities that distinguish him, and refer to incidents in the plot that bring

each of these characteristics into prominence. 2. a) Select two of the following literary types—drama, lyric, novel, allegory,

essay. 6) Comment fully upon the distinguishing features of these two types. 3. Choose either (a) or (b). a) In what particulars did the performance of some play that you

had

previously read change your idea of the play? 6) What play that you have read but not seen should you most like to see?

Why? 4. What are the essential qualities of a good oration? Use specific illustrations

drawn from ancient or modern orations.

PART II Write in several paragraphs a composition of about four hundred words upon one of the following subjects. Choose such aspects of the subject as you can well discuss according to an orderly, consecutive plan in which each paragraph shall be one stage. 1. School-life as you know it contrasted with school-life as it is represented in

stories. 2. What you would do with a million dollars. 3. The question of “preparedness.” 4. Your father's occupation, or some other occupation which you know equally

well. 5. The work you have done in manual training or domestic science in your

school. 6. Impressions which your town makes (1) upon you; and (2) upon some friend

who has come to visit you. 7. Summer military training camps. 8. Your hobby-such as stamp collecting, amateur photography, wireless

telegraphy, etc. 9. Why and how should students share in the government of your school? 10. How participation in school activities has proved beneficial to you.

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(Of the following questions answer No. I and either No. 2 or No. 3.) 1. Paraphrase the following lines from Tennyson's In Memoriam, restating each idea in simple prose:

I wage not any feud with Death

For changes wrought on form and face;

No lower life that earth's embrace
May breed with him, can fright my faith.

“Eternal process moving on,

From state to state the spirit walks;

And these are but the shatter'd stalks,
Or ruin'd chrysalis of one.

“Nor blame I Death, because he bare

The use of virtue out of earth;

I know transplanted human worth
Will bloom to profit, otherwhere.

“For this alone on Death I wreak

The wrath that garners in my heart;

He put our lives so far apart
We cannot hear each other speak.”

2. Select from the following list (a) the novelists; (b) the eighteenth-century

writers; and (c) the American writers: Steele, Charles Reade, Walt Whitman, Lowell, Boswell, Emerson, Thoreau, Gray, H. G. Wells, George Eliot,

Thackeray, Parkman, Burns. 3. Define six of the following words and write sentences illustrating their proper

use:

platitude
jocund
extraneous

sententious
epigram
naïve

captious
hackneyed

Comprehensive Examination

ENGLISH

Tuesday, June 19

9 a.m.-12 m.

However accurate in subject-matter, no paper will be considered satisfactory if seriously defective in spelling, punctuation, or other essentials of good usage.

Allow fully one hour for Part II.

PART I

(Choose two questions from Part I) 1. Show how a minor character in some novel that you have read vitally influences

the course of the story. 2. Mention certain poems or dramas in which the supernatural plays a significant

part. Comment specifically on the influence of this element upon character

and plot. 3. Show by specific illustrations from books that you have read how biographies

and historical novels have increased your interest in history. 4. Select an American author of note and tell what his special contribution was

to American literature.

PART II

Write in several paragraphs a composition of about four hundred words upon one of the following subjects. Choose such aspects of the subject as you can well discuss according to an orderly, consecutive plan in which each paragraph shall be one stage. 1. Summer work on the farm. 2. The building of an inexpensive garage, or the equipment of a shop, laboratory,

or gymnasium at home. 3. The best section of the United States. 4. How I furnished my room. 5. The relations between the United States and Mexico. 6. The mining of coal (or any other important industrial process, such as the

milling of lumber or the production of steel). 7. The equipment and training of a military officer. 8. Lectures: their influence and their value to the school or to the community. 9. Changes I should like to make in the organization of some school activity. 10. Books that I shall not make my children read. 11. A project for world-peace. 12. The "movie habit." 13. A contemporary writer whose works might well be read in school. 14. An argument for (or against) national prohibition by federal enactment. 15. Democracy in the European War.

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(Answer both a and b.) a) Paraphrase the following lines from Matthew Arnold, restating each idea in simple prose:

Quiet Work
One lesson, Nature, let me learn of thee,
One lesson which in every wind is blown,
One lesson of two duties kept at one
Though the loud world proclaim their enmity-
Of toil unsever'd from tranquillity!
Of labor, that in lasting fruit outgrows
Far noisier schemes, accomplish'd in repose,
Too great for haste, too high for rivalry!
Yes, while on earth a thousand discords ring,
Man's fitful uproar mingling with his toil,
Still do thy sleepless ministers move on,
Their glorious tasks in silence perfecting;
Still working, blaming still our vain turmoil,
Laborers that shall not fail, when man is gone.

6) What is the lesson which Arnold finds in nature ?

PART IV

(Answer either 1 or 2.) 1. Define four of the following terms, and illustrate each by at least one example or title: heroic couplet

blank verse epic poem

lyric satire

antithesis comedy

alliteration

2. Define five of the following words, and write sentences illustrating their

proper use:

terse
technique
paradoxical
conservative
caustic

arrogant
category
casual
dogmatic
pertinent

Comprehensive Examination

ENGLISH Monday, September 17

9 a.m.-12 m. However accurate in subject matter, no paper will be considered satisfactory if seriously defective in spelling, punctuation, or other essentials of good usage.

Allow fully one hour for Part II.

PART I

(Choose two questions from Part I.) 1. In any play of Shakespeare show how the hero's conscience or sense of duty

influences his career. 2. A good novel tells a story, draws characters, and depicts scenes. Show how

this is true of some novel which you have read in school. Show in which

one of these three elements the writer's skill is best revealed. 3. Do you prefer to read the biography of a real person or the life of an imagi

nary person in a novel? Choose an example of each, and tell why one

interests you more than the other. 4. From some essay that you have read, reproduce in your own words a descrip

tion of an interesting character, custom, or place.

PART II

Write in several paragraphs a composition of about four hundred words upon one of the following subjects. Choose such aspects of the subject as you can well discuss according to an orderly, consecutive plan in which each paragraph shall be one stage. 1. In the trenches. 2. The Sunday newspaper. 3. How to secure more general participation in school athletics. 4. Modern dancing. 5. How to educate one's parents. 6. A letter to Julius Caesar explaining the methods of modern warfare. 7. Dormitory life at school. 8. The advantages of school dramatics. 9. The preparation of oxygen (or carbon dioxide) in the laboratory, its physical

and chemical properties, and its relation to life. 10. Modern methods of fighting disease. 11. Popular superstitions. 12. Modern advertising. 13. The advantages of a city school (or of a country school). 14. “Safety First."

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