Radley Hall examination paper, 1837

This is a selection of questions from the Christmas examination paper set at Radley Hall School in 1837.



  • What are the general features of Africa?
  • How are Peterborough, Constantinople, Edinburgh and Paris severally situate with regard to London?
  • For what has France always been remarkable?
  • What peculiar religious notions do the Hindoos entertain?
  • What has rendered Great Britain an object of admiration to all nations?


  • Relate the circumstance of the confusion of tongues and dispersion of mankind.
  • How were Abraham, Moses, Aaron, and David, types of Christ?
  • What was the end of Sennacherib and his army?
  • What did our Saviour say of the widow’s mite?
  • Are all the miracles of our Saviour related in the Scriptures?


  • Why is not virtue either παθος or δυναμις?
  • Describe the fourfold office of deliberation.
  • Whence arose the necessity of money?
  • Give Aristotle’s reasons (4) why true self-love cannot exist in vicious men.
  • How far do external goods contribute to happiness?


  • What is related as an instance of patriotic firmness in Brutus?
  • Mention some of the remarkable facts concerned with Hannibal.
  • Give the characters of Alfred the Great, Cardinal Wolsey, Henry the Eighth, and Queen Elizabeth.
  • What was the origin of the House of Commons?
  • What great battle terminated the political life of Napoleon Bonaparte and who was the English general?


  • 4. The hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle is 75, and base 60, what is the perpendicular, and what is the area?
  • The diameters of two concentric circles being 12 and 8, what is the area of the ring they form?
  • Find the length of an arc whose chord is 18, and the chord of half the arc 10 1/3.

[A list of prize-winners is then duly published and there is a nota bene:]

N.B. It will be perceived that some of the young gentlemen have been successful in their examinations in several subjects, and yet have but received one prize. This has been in accordance with a standing regulation, in order that a greater stimulus might be afforded to the rest, whilst the relative position of the members of each class, clearly points out their comparative merits.