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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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