Questions and Composition Exercises
The Age of Walpole
(1) How was it that George (I) of Hanover became King of England? What was he like when he became king?
(1) Give an account of the "Rise of Walpole" under these heads:
(a) Early life;
(b) Character and tastes;
(c) "Sleeping dogs";
(d) Walpole and the South Sea Bubble.
(1) What is meant by (a) Customs; (b) Excise? What had Walpole to do with these?
Tell the story of "Bonnie Prince Charlie," as if you had been one of his companions.
The Age of Chatham
(1) "The Age of Chatham was an Age of War": (a) Name the chief wars; (b) Who were the "rivals for Empire," and where? (2) Write notes on (a) The French in America; (b) East India Company; (c) Anson's famous voyage.
(1) Who was called the "Saviour of his country," and how did he earn the title?
(1) (a) What do you know of "Farmer George"? (b) What is meant by "the king can do no wrong"?
(1) Describe briefly the American Rebellion, using headings like the following: (a) Growth of the quarrel
(1765-1775); (b) the "Declaration of Independence"; (c) the war.
The Age of Pitt
(1) Give some account of the "kingdom in the schoolboy's care."
(1) Say what is meant by the "French Revolution," and how it affected England.
(1) What was the "Great Army for the invasion of England"?
Essays for "The Struggle for Empire" (1756 To 1815)
Read your questions, answers, and notes on the preceding Chapters. Then write an Essay on "The Struggle for Empire" under these headings: (a) The winning of India; (b) The winning of Canada; (c) The loss of the American Colonies; (d) The struggle against Napoleon. (Take care to do justice to Chatham and Pitt as well as to Clive, Wolfe, Nelson, Wellington, etc.)
The Victorian Age
(1) Write brief notes on (a) "Paying the War Bill"; (b) Corn Laws; (c) Catholic Emancipation (what does this mean?)
(d) End of Slavery; (e) The old and new Poor Law; (f) Peel, Cobden, Bright, Disraeli, Florence Nightingale;
(g) Chartists; (h) Great Exhibition (1851).
(1) Write an account of Disraeli, or Gladstone, or Gordon, or the last years of Queen Victoria's reign.
Modern England and the Empire
(1) Describe the "Agricultural Revolution," showing what great changes it made.
(1) Write an Essay on the great economic changes called the Industrial Revolution. Use these headings: (a) The
new machines; (b) From South to North; (c) The rise of the Factory; (d) The fate of the labourer and of the
yeoman; (e) Factory evils; (f) Factory Acts; (g) Trade Unions.
(1) What is the relation of the King to the Government of England?
(1) Write notes on (a) Prime Minister; (b) Cabinet; (c) Privy Council; (d) Parliament Act of 1911.
(1) How were towns governed before and after 1835?
(1) Give some account of our Law Courts.
(1) Explain carefully what makes the "Irish problem" difficult.
(1) Explain the connection with India of a) Clive, (b) Warren Hastings, (c) Wellesley, (d) Dalhousie.
(1) Write notes on (a) Lord Durham's Report; (b) the making of the Dominion of Canada.