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Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Hamlet, Act 1. Sc. III. When the fleet of the Greeks lay off Salamis, where the Athenians had placed their wives and children and all they possessed, a ship came over to them from the enemy and confirmed beyond all doubt the intelligence that they were hemmed in by the forces of Xerxes. Nothing now remained but to brace every nerve for the battle, which the return of day would inevitably bring on. Before they embarked, Themistocles addressed them in a speech, the substance of which, as Herodotus reports it, was simply to set before them on the one side all that was best, on the other all that was worst, in the nature and the condition of man, and to exhort them to choose and hold fast the good. He might truly say that on the issue of that struggle depended all that was noble in the Greek character, all that was beautiful in Grecian life: that no advantage which distinguished the Greek from the barbarian, neither virtue and honour, nor prosperity and happiness, could long survive their independence.
From Greek History. Write such an oration as you suppose Themistocles to have delivered.
3. Venator complaining to Eubulus, his old preceptor, of the unfavourable comparisons which are drawn between Euergetes and himself, speaks as follows:
VENATOR. It is true that Euergetes spends his time in visiting prisons and in devising benevolent schemes, and I am taken up with field-sports, but it is unfair of people to contrast me unfavourably with him. He finds his pleasure in one course and he follows that course, I find mine in another and I follow that. We are, each of us, only pursuing our own inclinations. For I conclude that he would not practise benevolence if he did not find
his chief pleasure in it; and so if we are both seeking the same end, our own gratification, surely there can be no such moral difference between us as the world supposes.
Write the reply of Eubulus, and continue the discussion in the form of a dialogue.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION. (VI.)
Tell the story of one of Shakespeare's Comedies.
Sketch out your conception of the person of about your own age, whom you would like to have for a friend.
3. “When we have got hold of a law which binds certain facts together, or of a system which classifies some description of natural objects, then we find a wonderful charm and interest in much that we had been used to pass by without a thought or a look.”
Discuss and exemplify this.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION. (VII.) 1. Supposing that after your School or College education were over, you had a year of leisure to spend in reading for your own satisfaction, sketch out the course you would like to follow,
Plan for yourself a tour for a year, describing the way in which you would like to travel and what you would be most anxious to see or to do.
3. Discuss the principle of Bassanio's appeal to the Duke in The Merchant of Venice (iv. 1)—“To do a great right do a little wrong."
ENGLISH COMPOSITION. (VIII.) Write a letter, as to a person unacquainted with England, describing, as vividly as you can, the proceedings at an election for a member of Parliament.
Taking some author from whose works you have derived benefit or pleasure, point out what you consider his special characteristics, and the advantages you have obtained by studying his writings.
3. Write a short essay with the following couplet for its subject,
“For manners are not idle, but the fruit
Idylls of the King.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION. (IX.)
Write, as in a letter to a friend, as vivid an account as you can of the ordinary daily life at a school.
Write a short paper, taking one of the following quotations for its subject :
(a) “Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel.”
ENGLISH COMPOSITION. (X.)
Write a short poem on any one of the following subjects.
Subjects for blank verse :-
For four-line stanzas :
(6) There is no rose without a thorn. 3. For heroic couplets >
(a) Death the gate of life.
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