Editor’s note: This document from PNEU Programme 82 is the earliest known portion of a Form V or VI programme. From the year 1918, it gives a picture of how Form V and VI was tested while Charlotte Mason was still personally designing every programme.
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VI. & V. 1. Describe the contents of the Book of Job and give the arguments of the three friends.
2. What do you know about (a), the Ptolomies, (b), the Maccabees?
3. What documents establish the Resurrection? Give a list of the appearances.
4. What are the characteristics of St. Matthew’s Gospel? Describe and comment upon (a), Christ’s preaching at Nazareth, or, (b), the call of the four fishers.
VI. 5. What are apocalypses? Show how the Book of Revelations is distinguished from these.
Every-Day Morals and Economics.
VI. 1. Discuss the duty of choice.
2. Give six arguments for the freedom of the Press according to Milton.
V. 1. Say what you know of the delights and the dangers of imagination.
2. What are the duties of (a), Local Boards, (b), District Councils, (c), Parish Councils? What part may women take in local government?
VI. & V. 3. Sketch the character of the “Kaiser” according to Professor Lamprecht, criticising from your own knowledge.
Composition. (Composition is also taken into account under “Literature.”)
VI. & V. 1. A “Times” Leader on “The Deliverance of Palestine.”
2. A ballad on (a), “The Entry of King Albert into Brussels,” or, (b), “Admiral Beatty and the German Fleet.”
VI. 3. (a), “England at Peace,” or, (b), a character sketch of Foch, Haig or Wilson, or, (c), an essay on “Our Disabled Soldiers.”
VI. & V. 1. Analyse, parsing the words in italics,—
“Mark now what follows—no half-willing work
From minds divided or from hands that shirk,
But that one perfect freedom, that content
Which comes of force for something greater spent.”
VI. 2. In what ways does the English language (a), lose, (b), gain? Give a number of examples of each.
3. What do you understand by “quantity”? Illustrate. Explain the use of “pause” in blank verse. Illustrate.
V. 2. Comment upon,—silly, duplicity, humility, Paradise, club. Show the potency of words.
3. Classify the consonants. Can you state and illustrate Grimm’s Law?
Literature. (Six questions only to be answered.)
VI. & V. Give some account of the Mère Angelique and of the life at Port-Royal.
2. “Milton was not a Puritan, he was not a free-thinker, he was not a Royalist.” Illustrate these points.
3. How would you illustrate the fact that John Hampden’s life is a “splendid and precious portion of our national history”?
3. Show how Don Quixote prepared to act the part of Dulcienea’s lover. Give Sancho’s remarks.
4. Follow the character of Imogen in its development, giving any quotations you remember.
VI. 5. What does Sir Thomas Browne say about (a), “that doleful conceit of spirits and witches,” (b), oracles, and (c), guardian angels?
6. Describe a scene (a), in which the London apprentices are concerned, or, (b), between the King and Laurence Linklater.
7. Write, in the style of the author, as much as you can of two or three of Carlyle’s letters that interested you.
V. 1. Describe the scene between Wildrake and Cromwell.
2. On what grounds does Carlyle include Cromwell among his heroes? Give illustrations.
VI. & V. 1. “The Stuarts learnt nothing and forgot nothing.” Illustrate this by the trial and death of Charles I.
2. What do you know of the Protestant Union and the Catholic League? Describe the part of Wallenstein.
3. Give an outline of the Thirty Years War, personages and dates.
VI. What can you say about (a), the Homeric Epics, (b), the greatness of Athens?
VI. 1. Show that politics and history are different aspects of the same study. Apply Seeley’s teaching to the problems before the Allies to-day.
2. Give some account of modern Jerusalem and of the advance of the Allies, with a plan.
V. 1. Discuss the home country and colonial policy in the 17th century.
2. Describe British achievements in Asiatic Turkey.
VI. & V. What are the causes and effects of the water vapour in the air?
VI. & V. 1. What do you know of (a), the Battle of Arras, (b), the conditions of the Armistice?
2. Draw a rainfall map of England and Wales. Give the annual rainfall of three or four towns. Which part of England has the smallest range of temperature?
VI. & V. 1. What do you know of the Cambrian system? Give some account of the British rocks and fossils (with illustrations).
VI. 2. What is energy? Illustrate its different forms.
Biology, Botany, etc.
VI. 1. What do you understand by embryology? Describe the ovum. What is the “ovum theory”?
2. Describe a plant cell with all its contents, and the circulation of fluid in the cells.
V. 1. Why is Glaucus so called? Describe three studies in the style of Kingsley.
2. Describe, with diagrams, the special study you have made this term.
VI. 1. Give an account of the discovery of (a), Uranus, (b), the astronomical work of Herschel.
2. Account for the periodical return of comets. What do you know of Encke’s Comet?
V. 1. What is the Ecliptic? Describe the apparent annual motion of the sun.
2. Describe and account for the phases of the moon.
VI. & V. 1. Describe Velasquez’ The Surrender of Breda, giving a rough sketch of the composition.
2. What chief points is it necessary to bear in mind in making “sky” studies?
VI. 3. Write a short account of the work of Giotto.
VI. 1. How much 4 1/2% Debenture Stock at 114 must be bought to provide an annual income of £900? What will it cost?
2. Find the change of income when 16 Russian £100 Bonds at 75 paying 5% are transferred to Railway 4% Debentures at 120.
3. If by investing in a 3% stock I obtain 3 3/8% for my money, what is the price of the stock?
V. 1. Find the cost of papering a room 37 feet 3 inches long, 18 feet 4 inches wide, and 14 feet high, with paper 2 feet wide at 6d. a yard.
2. How many yards of fencing are required to enclose a square park containing 832 ac. 3176 1/4 sq. yards?
3. Find the cost of covering with lead the sides and bottom of a rectangular cistern 7 ft. 10 in. by 5 1/3 feet and 1 3/4 feet deep at 6/9 per square yard.
VI. 1. If the two direct common tangents are drawn to two circles, the parts of the tangents intercepted between the points of contact are equal.
2. Construct a triangle, having given the base, the vertical angle and the difference of the remaining sides.
3. If two straight lines neither intersect nor are parallel then there is one straight line perpendicular to them both.
V. 1. To construct a quadrilateral, given the lengths of the four sides and one angle.
2. In a triangle A B C, right-angled at C, a=8, b=15; find c and write down the values of sin A, cos A, and tan A.
3. To find the fourth proportional to three given straight lines.
VI. 1. A man puts by for his son on every birthday a half-crown for every year of his age. How old will the son be when the total sum put by amounts to £17?
2. The difference between two numbers is 3 and the difference between their arithmetic and harmonic means is 3/14. Find the numbers.
3. The sum of 4 numbers in A P is 28 and the sum of their squares is 216. Find the numbers.
V. 1. Resolve into factors (a), a4-3a3–a3b+3a2b
2. Find the square root of (a2+a-6)(a2-4)(a2+5a+6)
3. Find the cube root of a3/216+a2x/6+2ax2+8x3
VI. & V. 1. Illustrate, in Latin sentences, four uses each of the following cases,—accusative, dative, genitive, ablative.
2. Use, in sentences, the Perfect Indicative (second person plural) of the verbs,—tango, cano, claudo, vello, alo, edo, capio, perdo, ludo, cado.
3. Translate in English and retranslate into Latin,—Horace’s Odes, Book I.: Ode 2, lines 1-12, and parse each word in Ode 4, lines 1 and 2.
V. 3. Livy, Book XXI., chapter 54, § 1-3, and parse each word in chapter 56, “Trepidanter . . . Hannibal.”
German (Papers to be written entirely in German.)
VI. 1. Write a résumé of (a) Wallenstein’s Tod, or, (b), the scene between Wallenstein and Wrangel.
2. Write, in German, the substance of (a), one of the Kaiser’s recent speeches, or, (b), a letter from Dr. Solf.
3. Parse each word in Wallenstein, Act I., Scene V., “So weit geht niemand . . . zu deuten.”
V. 1. Write (a), a résumé of Die Geisterseher, or, (b), the story of Iphigenia.
2. Use, in sentences, the German for: through that; of what; in that; with this; out of this; with which; whither; why; after which.
3. Use, in sentences, the Prepositions: nächst, wider, gemäss, binnen, sonder.
VI. & V. 1. Write what you can, in Italian, of one of the incidents you have read in (a), the Purgatorio, or, (b), Cuore, or (c), a letter from the Italian “Front.”
2. Use, in sentences, the Past Participle of: accendere, apparire, aprire, arvincere, cogliere, dare, crescere, dire, fare, dovere.
3. Give, in sentences, six examples of impersonal verbs.
French. (Papers to be written entirely in French.)
VI. 1. Write a character sketch of Richlieu (Cinq Mars).
2. Give, in French, some of Pascal’s Pensées.
3. Make sentences (a), using the doublets of the following words,—fragile, fors, vigile, capital, sécurité, (b), showing the plural of: grand–père, grandmère, pater, Coreille (2), chef-lien, are-en-ciel, contre-ordre.
V. 1. Write a résumé of Les Femmes Savantes.
2. Write, in French, a short sketch of Michelet and his work.
3. Make sentences, using each couple of the following verbs, the second in the Infinitive,—refuser, obéir; venir, mourir; se mettre, l’etudier; vouloir, le voir; obliger, le faire; le prier, venir.
VI. & V. 1. A sky study.
2. A fireside with figures.
Father to choose an unseen poem.
Father to choose an English, French and an Italian song.
Drill, before parents.
Outside friend to examine. List of work completed to appear on Parents’ Report.
N.B. 1.—Subjects thus indicated (*) to be marked on the Parents’ Report according to Regulations.
2.—Members are asked to read the Regulations carefully, as much time is lost by the examiners when (a) there is no numbered list of the subjects sent for examination, (b) the papers for each child are not fastened together, or (c) the name of the member does not appear.
3.—If necessary, answers may be written on both sides of the paper, but, in this case, the papers should be tied together with string.
4.—French and Brushdrawing should come last in order.