Brandon Bray's Contribution to Chaos
CORNELL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION
Cornell Entrance Examination
I took a fascination to Cornell's history as soon as I arrived there. After
reading, "The History of Cornell," I chose to take the class on Cornell's
history to satisfy one of my Freshman requirements. There I came across this
entrance exam, which Cornell University used for the 1878-1879 school year.
This is from the Cornell University Register and Catalogue
- Describe the systems of mountain chains by which the surface of the
earth is traversed.
- Describe the table-lands of Asia.
- Describe the Great Northern Plain of Europe.
- What is the average depth of oceans?
- Name the principal ocean currents.
- Bound Holland; Turkey in Europe; Switzerland.
- Bound Beloochistan; China Proper; Arabia.
- Bound Idaho; Missouri; Maryland.
- Bound Bolivia; Uraguay; The Argentine Republic.
- Over what waters would one sail from Philadelphia to Crimea.
- Over what waters would one sail from Bombay to Lyons?
- Over what waters would one sail from Yokohama to Paris?
- What countries would one pass on the right in coasting from Honduras to
- What countries would one pass on the left in coasting from Calcutta to
- Name the countries of Africa.
- Name the rivers of Spain, of France, of Germany, of Italy.
- Over what countries would a straight line from Pekin to Madrid pass?
- What productions of Africa form articles of commerce with the United
- How could one go by water from Montevideo to Pittsburgh?
- Explain the use of either and or, neither and
nor, each, both, whither and whether,
whence and thence.
- Mention the gutturals, dentals, and labials of the English alphabet.
- What is meant by "parts of speech"?
- State the use or function of each of the parts of speech.
- When is a noun said to be in the objective case?
- Give four examples of irregular comparison in adjectives.
- How are reflexive pronouns formed?
- Why are some pronouns called relative?
- Is an objective case ever used after intransitive verbs?
- Define inflection, intransitive, finite, mood,
participle, orthography, diminutive, orthoŽpy,
- Name some adverbs of negation; of cause and effect.
- In what ways may the grammatical subject be enlarged?
- When is a noun or an adjective used predicatively?
- Give a definition of the two "parts of speech" required to form a
- Change into the singular number the entire subject and the verb in the
sentence: Those men are building houses.
- When is e mute omitted at the end of a word, and when is it
retained, a syllable being added?
- State some of the uses of it.
- State the grammatical relation and etymology of each word in the
following sentence: Short his career, but ably run.
- What is the objective or factitive predicate?
- Write out correctly the following sentences:
- One fine afternoon everybody was on deck amusing themselves as they
- Whom but he was true to me.
- Lord Macaulay has been bolder than his predecessors; he has shrank
from no conclusion.
- Which rule, if it had been observed, a neighboring prince would have
wanted a great deal of that incense which has been offered up to him.
- Their chairs did not touch; they were placed one on either of the four
sides of the table, leaving the fourth vacant.
- Man could now travel further in an hour than he had previously in a
- Six month's interest are due.
- He is a worthy representative of the great principles on whom
Republicanism has always and must stand.
- Nothing need to be said so firmly and nothing oftener than this.
- How will we know which is the greatest of the two?
- Give an example of the formation of the past tense from the present, by
a change (a) of vowel; (b) of termination; (c) by no change.
- Write a sentence containing an adjective clause, drawing a line under
- Write an interrogative sentence, and parse it.
- Write a sentence in which the verb has a direct and an indirect object,
stating which is the direct and which the indirect.
- If the opposite sides of a quadrilateral be equal each to each, the
equal sides are parallel, and the figure is a parallelogram.
- To draw a common tangent to two given circles; and demonstrate.
- Two triangles are similar, if their homologous sides be proportional.
- The 4 bisectors of the angles of any quadrilateral form in general a
second quadrilateral whose opposite angles are supplementary.
- The surface [or the perimeter] of a regular inscribed polygon.