with the views of the best educators the very methods of the acad

emy itself.

Naval education is thus just now on the eve of a period of development and transition, the extent of which it is difficult to overestimate. Such a reconstruction will be sure to result in much improvement in methods and organization and cannot help making the navy more than ever valuable as a unique auxiliary to the educational forces of the country.

Examination Outline

(Third Year in the High School).


Note.—The object of such an examination as this is to test the pupil's general knowledge, not his knowledge of the contents of any one text book.

A. I come from haunts of coot and hern,

I make a sudden sally,
And sparkle out among the fern,

To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,

Or slip between the ridges;
By twenty thorps, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

-The Brook. B. The question with me is not whether you have a right to render your people miserable, but whether it is not your interest to make them happy. It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason and justice tell me I ought to do.

-Speech on Conciliation.
C. Lorenzo—The moon shines bright. In such a night as this,

When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees,
And they did make no noise. In such a night
Troilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan walls,
And sighed his soul toward the Grecian tents
Where Cressid lay that Night.

Jessica-In such a night

Did Thisbe fearfully o’ertrip the dew,
And saw the lion's shadow ere himself,
And ran dismayed away.

-Merchant of Venice.

D. When the weather is fair and settled, the mountains are clothed in blue and purple, and print their bold outlines on the clear evening sky, but sometimes, when the rest of the landscape is cloudless, they will gather a hood of gray vapors about their summits, which, in the last rays of the setting sun, will glow and light up like a crown of glory.-Rip Van Winkle.

E. “Ay, Moses,” cried my wife, “where is the horse ?” “I have sold him," cried Moses, "for three pounds five shillings and two-pence!" "Well done, my good boy,” returned she, “I knew you would touch them off. Come, let us have it then.” “I have brought back no money!” cried Moses, again. “I have laid it out in a bargain and here it is,” pulling out a bundle from his breast; "here they are, a gross of green spectacles with silver rims and shagreen cases. “A gross of green spectacles !” repeated my wife in a faint voice. “And you have parted with the colt and brought us back nothing but a gross of paltry green spectacles !”— Vicar of Wakefield.


(1). With the aid of the following table, state the author of each of the five passages quoted above, the class of composition of which each is a type, etc.

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(1). A and C are both poetry. Wherein do the two poems differ in the mechanical structure of their verse ?

(2). What name is given to the verse structure of C? (3). Distinguish between verse and stanza.

(4). Designate the scansion of A and describe the method of rhyming.

(5). Describe the meter of A and state its name.

(6). Name two other kinds of meter and illustrate by quotation.

(7). Describe the picture produced upon your mind by the use of the words “sudden sally", "sparkle”, bicker", "hurry".

(8). Rewrite in good prose the stanzas of A, using general terms instead of the specific ones enumerated in (7). (9). Could


tell from these stanzas whether the poem were an English or an American one?

(10). Write a description (of fifty words) of the picture suggested by Haunts of coot and hern."

III. (1). Mention some of the devices which may be employed in Argumentation and oratory for effect and emphasis.

(2). Which are used in B?

(3). State in one well-written paragraph the circumstances under which the Speech on Conciliation was delivered.

(4). In another paragraph, state the question at issue. (5). What kind of a sentence, rhetorically considered, is B? (6). Point out the pairs of contrasted words. (7). Give the rhetorical classification of sentences. (8). Point out the clauses in B and tell what each modifies.

IV. 1. Designate the scansion of C. 2. Point out the archaic words and expressions. 3. What figure of speech is used effectively in C?

4. Write a composition of one hundred words on any subject suggested by “Trojan walls."

5. Write a composition of fifty words on The Story of Thisbe. 6. Write a brief abstract of "Merchant of Venice." 7. Describe in full the setting of this passage.

8. Put Lorenzo's lines into good unadorned prose, using neither figures of speech nor poetical expressions.

10. Give the names of two other dramatic compositions which you have studied in English Literature.

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1. Point out the chief beauties of D which make it a model of its class.

2. Write a similar description of the same length and with the same arrangement of ideas, using, as a theme, a lake, instead of a mountain.

3. Discuss the value of long sentences and of short sentences in descriptive writing.

4. Which would be more effective, D as it is written, or written in two sentences with a period after sky and with but sometimes omitted ? 5. Had

Had you written D, what expression would you have used instead of "hood of gray vapors” ?


1. Rewrite E in dramatic form. 2. Rewrite E in indirect discourse. 3. Which of the three forms do you consider most effective ?

4. How would you know from the text that E was a passage from an English, not an American, story?

5. What idea is conveyed to you by each of the following words :-Fiction, romance, novel, dime novel, historical novel, short story?

6. Under which heads would you place "The Vicar of Wakefield" ?

7. Write a description of Moses and his mother.

8. Give the meaning of the title of the literary production from which E is taken.

VII. 1. Use each of the words of the accompanying list in an intelligible, well-written sentence accept, except, affect, effect, al leviate, relieve, amateur, novice, answer, reply, apprehend, comprehend, barbaric, barbarous, beside, besides, carry, bring, character, reputation, 0, 0h, continual, continuous, healthy, healthful, lend, loan.




What reference books would you consult and what would you read if you were writing an essay on the following subjects :

The Planet Mars. b. Henry VIII and Cardinal Wolsey.

The Place of Shakespeare in English Literature. d. The Emancipation Proclamation. e. Ulysses in the Cave of the Cyclops.

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