Can you tackle a Victorian exam paper?

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to tackle exam questions from 1859?

Shake off the cobwebs and give your brain a workout with this 19th Century test.

This exam paper, now owned by the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons, was produced by the UK’s first teaching association, the College of Preceptors.

These teachers predominantly taught at private schools.

As well as traditional subjects like maths, history and English, students were also tested on land and marine surveying, bookkeeping and commercial science, Latin and Greek.

But don’t worry, we’ve stuck to more familiar topics for this quiz.

All questions are taken from the 1859 exam paper, but you might notice that some of the answers reflect our contemporary understanding of certain topics. Answers may also include events from later than 1859, so keep your eyes peeled.

The exam has started, and you may now begin…

From the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons

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