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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 50

University of New Zealand — Entrance Examination, December, 1885. — English—matriculation Paper

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University of New Zealand

Entrance Examination, December, 1885.

English—matriculation Paper.

1.Correct with reasons or justify:—(a) Nor is it less certain that Spenser's and Milton's spelling agrees better with our pronunciation. (b) All paraphrases are vicious; it is not translating, it is commenting. (c) The languages of Scandinavia proper, the Norwegian and Swedish. (d) He will in nowise cast out whomsoever cometh unto Him. (e) Did you ever bear false witness against thy neighbour? (f) No action or institution can be salutary and stable which are not based on reason and the will of God. (g) The book is one of the most brilliant which have ever been written. (h) There is no real belief until one discerns the necessary harmony between every part of the divine whole. (i) His career was cut short in the youth of his popularity, having been killed in a duel. (j) Bodily and intellectual labour were paid at the same rate of wages.
2.Parse the italicised words:—(a) There are only twelve, (b) Only the twelve went, (c) His only child, (d) Little or nothing was done. (e) The poor is hated. (f) This food tastes well, (g) The house is building. (h) He do such a thing! I cannot believe it. (i) By yea and nay he swore, (j) A hundred men. (k) He went that way.
3.There is a word inaccurately used in each of the following sentences; point it out, substitute the correct one, and show in what the two agree, and in what they differ:—(a) We have kept together along the difficult path of life, and our mutual misfortunes have made us cling all the closer, (b) Of all the petty annoyances of life this is the worst—to be subject to continuous interruptions when one is absorbed in study. (c) In all his foreign policy this statesman showed himself sly and masterful to an astonishing degree, (d) He said himself that he had been completely cured by this medicine, and recommended it as an efficient remedy for the disease. (e) He seemed to be colour-blind, for he could not discriminate between green and red. (f) Everyone says that he deliberately distorts the truth; but of all his statements that are open to such a charge, none is more erroneous than this.
4.Re-write the following so as to avoid the ambiguities, repetitions, involved constructions, inelegancies, unidiomatic expressions, and archaisms. The words and the order of the words may be changed, but no idea of the original is to be omitted:—" In the end he told the earl that he would impart a secret to him of the last importance, and which he had not yet had opportunity to inform the page 2 king of, and he did believe it would be the same thing to impart it to his lordship as to his majesty himself; the sum was that he was j trusted by the young earl of Pembroke, whose affections were entire j for his majesty to assure the king of the same; and that though it would not be safe for him to appear in the head and beginning of an insurrection, he would advance it as much as if he were there in person; and because he knew the west was better prepared to begin j the work than any other part of the kingdom he had caused three j thousand pounds to be laid aside and kept ready at Wilton, which should be delivered to any man who in the king's name should require it of such a man (naming a person who was known to be j much trusted by that earl) upon delivery of a private token he produced out of his pocket (which was a clean piece of paper sealed j with three impressions of an antique head in hard wax) which he said the earl required him to present to the king when he thought it might be seasonable."
5.Outline an essay on the excellencies of any imaginative work you have read. Write the introduction and conclusion in full; but; with regard to the body of the essay arrange the main ideas, and under each main idea the subordinate ideas in logical order.
6.Write a brief account of the following dramatic scene:—

London: The Palace.


Enter Richard, in pomp, crowned; Buckingham, Catesby, a page, and others.


Stand all apart. Cousin of Buckingham.


My gracious sovereign?


Give me thy hand. [Here he ascendeth his throne.] Thus high, by thy advice

And thy assistance, is King Richard seated:

But shall we wear these honours for a day?

Or shall they last, and we rejoice in them?


Still live they, and for ever may they last!


O Buckingham, now do I play the touch

To try if thou be current gold indeed:

Young Edward lives: think now what I would say.


Say on, my loving lord.


Why, Buckingham, I say, I would be king.


Why, so you are, my thrice renowned liege.


Ha! am I king? 'Tis so; but Edward lives.


True, noble prince.


O bitter consequence,

That Edward still should live! 'True, noble prince!'

Cousin, thou wert not wont to be so dull:

Shall I be plain? I wish the bastards dead;

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And I would have it suddenly perform'd.

What sayest thou? Speak suddenly; be brief.


Your grace may do your pleasure.


Tut, tut, thou art all ice, thy kindness freezeth;

Say, have I thy consent that they shall die?


Give me some breath, some little pause, my lord,

Before I positively speak herein;

I will resolve your grace immediately. [Exit]

Catesby. [Aside to a stander by] The king is angry: sec, he bites the lip.

7. Punctuate the following passage:—

"Once she asked him when they were alone what he was thinking about, you said Paul without the least reserve and what are you thinking about me, asked Mrs Pipchin I'm thinking how old you must be said Paul you mustnt say such things as that young gentleman returned the dame thatll never do why not asked Paul because its not polite said Mrs. Pipchin snappishly not polite said Paul no its not polite said Paul innocently to eat all the mutton chops and toast Wickam says Wickam retorted Mrs Pipchin colouring is a wicked impudent bold faced hussy whats that inquired Paul never you mind sir retorted Mrs Pipchin remember the story of the little boy that was gored to death by a mad bull for asking questions if the bull was mad said Paul how did he know that the boy had asked questions nobody can go and whisper secrets to a mad bull I dont believe that story you dont believe it sir repeated Mrs Pipchin amazed no said Paul not if it should happen to have been a tame bull you little infidel said Mrs Pipchin."