It is at this time of year that we invite Old Dragons to set examination papers for us. The General Papers will be provided by Jack Haldane and his sister Naomi MItchison, together with Mr Vassall.
The English Literature paper for the top forms has been set by Frank Sidgwick and you are now invited to see how you would do!
English Literature Paper, July 1920. 1. Who wrote: (a) Westward Ho! (b) The Riddle of the Sands (c) Puck of Pook's Hill (d) In Memoriam (e) Old Mortality (f) Dombey and Son (g) a poem about a tiger (h) a long poem about fox-hunting (i) who translated Omar Khayyam into English verse (j) who translated Homer into English verse 2. In what work, by what author, do the following characters appear? (a) Sam Weller (b) David Balfour (c) Captain Hook (d) General Stanley (e) Minnehaha 3. Write not more than one page on either (a) the difference between prose and verse, or (b) the difference between poetry and verse. 4. What are the first six questions you would ask William Shakespeare if you met him in the Elysian Fields? 5. Write a short essay on the Choruses in Henry V. Why do you think Shakespeare put them in? Why were they called Choruses? Mention any parallels you can think of. 6. Continue for not more than three lines, giving author and work: (a) Should auld acquaintance be forgot... (b) He prayeth best, who loveth best... (c) The tumult and the shouting dies... (d) A wandering minstrel I...
When Frank Sidgwick has marked the papers and submitted his report, you shall know the answers and can see if you did better than our young Dragons!