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FORMATIVE AND EXPERIMENTAL STAGE 133 modern languages, in five. The briefest, anatomy, was completed in one day. The remainder did not, in any instance, spread over three days; and several fell short of that length of time. A change in the manner of holding the general examin- ations was proposed at a meeting of the Faculty held in April, 1829. A committee of this body recommended, on that date, (1) that the chairman, at the close of the session, should appoint for the examination in each school, a committee comprising the professor of that school and two of his colleagues; (2) that the former should draw up in writing a series of questions to be pro- pounded, and that to each question there should be ap- pended a valuation in numbers, the highest of which was to be one hundred; (3) that the chairman should choose the date of examination; (4) that the class should assemble with pen and paper, and that, for the first time, the questions should then be given out; (5) that the majority of the committee should be required to be present at the examination in order to supervise it; (6) that the professor of the school should value the answers numerically; (7) that a report embracing all these details should be handed in to the Faculty; and finally, (8) that the students should be arranged in three divisions accord- ing to their merit as demonstrated by the examination. The one who obtained a marking of three-fourths of the valuation of his replies was to be listed in the first class; if less than three-fourths but more than one quarter, in the second class; and if less than one-fourth, in the third. The manner of proceeding on the part of the several committees is illustrated in their action in 1832. The entire Faculty assembled that year in the lecture-room of natural philosophy. Harrison announced the result of the examination in the School of Ancient Languages. He

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