A university exam that dates back to 1895 may just be the proof that students definetly had it harder back in the day.
Oxford history professor William Whyte shared a photo of the 124-year-old entrance exam for Cambridge’s Trinity College on Twitter yesterday.
The 12 questions are on English history from 1485 to 1815, with applicants advised that “not more than eight questions are to be attempted by any candidate”.
Here are the questions:
1. Give your estimate of the foreign policy of Henry the Eighth before 1520.
2. How did the doings of the reforming party under Edward the Sixth facilitate a return to Catholicism under Queen Mary?
3. Did the execution of Mary Queen of Scots increase or diminish the difficulties of Elizabeth’s position?
4. How did the policy of James the First change for the worse after the death of Robert Cecil?
5. How did the acceptance by the English Parliament of the Solemn League and Covenant affect the subsequent progress of the war between the Parliament and the King?
6. Discuss the good and the bad features of the government of England under the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.
7. Illustrate the political importance of the Protestant Dissenters in the reigns of Charles the Second and James the Second.
8. On what matters of practical policy did the Whigs and the Tories differ most markedly in the later years of William the Third?
9. Was there any utility to England in Walpole’s jealousy of rivals?
10. How did the elder Pitt differ in political opinions from Newcastle or Rockingham and their followers?
11. How did the general election of 1784 make the House of Commons a less unpopular institution than it had been?
12. In what respects was the Spanish Peninsula more advantageous ground for an attack by Great Britain on Napoleon’s power than any other part of Europe?
Many online admitted that they struggled to even answer one of the 12 questions.