English History.

Higher Local.


1. Give an account of the Peasant Revolt. Analyse carefully its causes and its results.

2. Who were the “lords appellant”? compare their method of proceeding against their enemies with “impeachment.”

3. What were the principal grievances during the reign of Richard II. ?

4. Give an account of the deposition of Richard II. Compare it with that of Edward II.


5. What was the constitutional result of the accession of the Lancastrian dynasty ?

6. Why did Henry V. make war on France ?

7. Give an account of his French campaign. Describe carefully the battle of Agincourt.

8. Account for the decline of the English power in France.


9. Write a short essay on the Wars of the Roses. Give a list of the principal battles during those wars. Show clearly where they took place. Who were the combatants ? Which side was victorious ?

10. What sort of a king was Edward IV. What do you think of his policy ?

11. What were Benevolences ? Mention any other kind of illegal taxation with which you are acquainted. Say to what period it belongs.


English Literature.



1. Give a short account of the story of As You Like It.

2. Describe the characters of Orlando and Celia.

3. Which is your favourite heroine in the play ? Give the reasons for your preference.

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4. Compare the characters of the two dukes in the play.

5. When was As You Like It written? Give your reasons for assigning this date.

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1. In what different ways may words be studied ?

2. What is meant by vowels, diphthongs, consonants, and mutes ?

3. Define and give examples of nouns, verbs, conjunctions.

4. Underline the pronouns in the following sentence, and state for what word each pronoun stands :

“ On Christmas day, Mary had a present from her father of two dolls, which were very pretty. They were dressed alike, and Mary said she should love them very much, not only on account of their beauty, but because her father had given them to her.”

5. Put adjectives to the following nouns :-tree, hat, Eliza, horse, doll, ship, sea, garden, winter, cat.

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1. Write an account of the plot of As You Like It.

2. Compare the characters of Celia and Rosamond.

3. When was As You Like It written, and from what sources did Shakespeare derive the plot of the play?

4. Quote Celia's speech to her father. Act I., Sc. 2, 11. 64–72

5. Analyse :

“My brother Jacques he keeps at school, and report speaks goldenly of his profit.'

English Grammar.

1. Show by a diagram, or explain carefully the relation English bears to other European languages.

2. Give examples of English words derived from Low German, Keltic, Latin.

3. Define Grammar, and explain in detail what subjects it treats of.

4. What is meant by Dentals, Labials, Gatturals and Sibilants ? Give examples.

5. Enumerate and define the parts of speech in the English language, giving examples of each.

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English Language and Literature.



(a) 1. What particulars do we gather from Chaucer in his Knight's Tale with regard to Ipolita, Capaneus, Creon, and Perotheus ? Where is Cithea ?

2. Illustrate Chaucer's habit (i) of contracting words, and (ii) of pronouncing the e final contrary to our present custom. In what cases is the final e in Chaucer usually elided ?

3. In which of Shakespeare's plays do we hear of Theseus and Ipolita ? What part do they take in the play?

4. Write out in good modern prose the passages : Knight's Tale, 298–310, 441–445, 90–93.

5. Explain the following words and phrases :To love par amour ; maat ; His nekke lith to wedde ; murye ;

; Wel hath fortune y-torned the thedys; I noot which hath the wofullere myster; That stemede as a forneys of a leede stound ; leeve ; me lust ful evele pleye ; a dedly chere.

(b) 1. After reading Essay XIII., what inferences do you think Bacon would have drawn as to the duke senior's character if he had been present at his first interview with Orlando?

2. Paraphrase :-
(i) “Or what is he of basest function

That says his bravery is not of my cost,
Thinking that I mean him, but therein suits

His folly to the mettle of my speech ?”
(ii) "Did he not moralize this spectacle?"
(iii) “But were I not the better part made mercy,

I should not seek an absent argument

Of my revenge, thou present.' (iv) “ And let not search and inquisition quail

To bring again these foolish runaways."


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3. Explain fully-
(i) “A discord in the spheres."
(ii) “A motley fool.”
(iii) He drew a dial from his poke.”
(iv) “Bearded like the pard.”

(v) “Though thou the waters warp.
And give the context from memory in each case.

4. Describe in your own words the seven ages of man as divided by Shakespeare.

(c) 1. What was Mahomet's Miracle? What point does Bacon use it to illustrate ? How does Bacon mention Busbechius? and for what purpose ?

2. Why does Bacon consider nobility necessary to monarchy ? How does it affect a sovereign for good ?

3. Explain the following with reference to the context :

(i) “In evil, the best condition is not to will, the second not to can.

(ii) “Common benefits are to be communicate with all ; but peculiar benefits with choice.”

(iii) “If a man can be a partaker of God's theatre, he shall likewise be partaker of God's rest."

(iv) “ Invidia festos dies non agit.”

4. In what sense does Bacon use the following words--busy, mountebank, derive, estate, still, character, close, bravery, plausible ?

(d) 1. Give the meaning of the term Epic poetry. Is Paradise Lost a true epic ?

2. Give a brief account-critical and descriptive-of the religious poetry of this period (1625—1674). Who were its chief writers ?


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3. In what special ways did Marlowe and Greene influence our English drama ? Give a brief critical sketch of Tamburlaine, Faustus, Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay.

4. Write a short essay describing the stage in its early days -its performers and accessories. When were the first theatres built, and where ? At what time of the day were plays generally acted ?

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