Punch,  3 (1842), 148.

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Introduction, Drollery; Exam Paper, Spoof


Electrochemistry, Medical Treatment, Engineering, Dynamics, Mechanics, Education, Mathematics, Physics

    A 'Professor' at King's College, London supplied Punch with a list of examination questions on medicine, civil engineering, general literature, and science. Many questions connect students' academic pursuits with their notorious drinking habits. For example, 'Explain the theory of the galvanic current formed by half-and-half [a mixture of two malt liquors, commonly ale and porter] in its original pewter and the lips of the imbiber thereof', 'Given the initial velocity (V) of a fresh man, and the constant increment (f) of half-and-half [a, to find the velocity at the end of term (t)', and 'Explain the meaning of a "vicious circle", and state what portion of one is formed by the Regent-street Quadrant'.

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