Punch,  6 (1844), 46.

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Exam Paper, Spoof


Physics, Mechanics, Statics, Dynamics, Mathematics, Politics

    A series of examination questions allegedly set by the University of Cambridge for its 'poll men'. The questions concern mechanical aspects of the contemporary political and social scene. For example, 'Given the force, i.e. the weight in gold, of the salary of the Lord Chancellor [John S Copley (1st Baron Lyndhurst)] and the time in which Lord Lyndhurst is expected to resign; required the velocity with which Lord Brougham turns around from Whiggism to Toryism'.

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