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Oriental Studies Tripos, Parts I and II, and Preliminary Examination for Part I, 2001: Notice

The Faculty Board of Oriental Studies give notice that, with effect from the examinations to be held in 2001, the form of the examinations for the Oriental Studies Tripos, Parts I and II, and the Preliminary Examination for Part I will be changed, as follows:

Preliminary examination for Part I

Arabic

Paper Ar. 3. Arabic texts, 2.

This paper will consist of eight passages of Arabic for translation into English, of which candidates will be required to answer four. All questions will carry equal marks.

Hebrew Studies

Paper H. 3. Modern Hebrew language and literature.

This paper will consist of five sections: Section A will consist of a passage in Modern Hebrew for candidates to summarize in English: Section B will consist of questions designed to test candidates' knowledge of Hebrew syntax and grammar; Section C will consist of a passage in Modern Hebrew for candidates to translate into English; Section D will consist of four subjects for composition in Modern Hebrew, of which candidates must attempt two; and Section E will consist of essay questions on Modern Hebrew literary history (nineteenth and twentieth century) of which students will be required to answer two. Students combining Oriental Studies with Modern and Medieval Languages will not be required to answer Section C and will only be required to attempt one subject from Section D.

Hebrew oral examination.

This examination will consist of three sections. In the first section candidates will be required to listen to a sample of Modern Hebrew speech and answer questions on it in English. In the second section candidates will be required to read aloud a written passage. The third section will consist of a conversation in Modern Hebrew between the candidate and the Examiner.

Japanese Studies

Paper J.1. Modern Japanese.

This paper will consist of three questions: question 1 will contain twelve sentences for translation into Japanese; question 2 will contain a passage for translation into Japanese; question 3 will contain three topics for a composition in Japanese, of which students will be required to attempt one.

Paper J.2. Modern Japanese texts, 1.

This paper will consist of four passages for translation into English, taken from texts read in class during the Easter Term. Knowledge of Japanese grammar will also be tested in the form of questions attached to each passage.

Paper J.3. Modern Japanese texts, 2.

This paper will consist of three unseen passages for translation into English.

Paper J.4. Introduction to Japanese studies.

This paper will consist of essay questions in three or more sections. Candidates will be required to answer three questions in all, taking no more than one question from any single section.

Japanese oral examination.

This examination will consist of two sections: (A) a listening comprehension test, where candidates will be asked to listen to Japanese on tape and answer questions in English; (B) reading a short passage from the texts that have been studied in class, followed by a short, general conversation.

Part I

Assyriology

Paper As. 3. Introduction to ancient Near Eastern civilization.

This paper will consist of twelve questions, of which candidates will be required to answer four.

Egyptology

Paper E. 7. Introduction to Egyptian civilization.

This paper will consist of ten questions, of which candidates will be required to answer three.

Hebrew Studies

Paper H. 1. Hebrew texts, 1.

This paper will include passages from Biblical and post-Biblical Hebrew texts, and a passage in Biblical Aramaic. It will consist of two questions, both of which must be attempted. The first question will require candidates to translate one unspecified passage and six specified passages from the Biblical Hebrew texts into English and to add short textual or philological comments. Candidates taking Hebrew Studies as a whole subject will be required to attempt only one passage from each Biblical book. The second question will require candidates to translate passages from Biblical Aramaic and post-Biblical Hebrew texts into English and to add comments.

Paper H. 5. Modern Hebrew, 2.

This paper will consist of three sections, all of which must be attempted. The first section will consist of two unspecified passages in Modern Hebrew for translation into English, of which candidates must attempt one, and a passage in English for translation into Modern Hebrew. The second section will consist of four unseen passages in Modern Hebrew, on two of which candidates will be required to write a critical analysis. In the third section candidates will be required to write an essay in Modern Hebrew on one of a choice of three topics.

Hebrew oral examination.

This examination will consist of three sections. In the first section candidates will be required to translate orally a sample of written Modern Hebrew. In the second section candidates will be required to read aloud a written passage. The third section will consist of a conversation in Modern Hebrew between the candidate and the Examiner.

Japanese Studies

Paper J.1. Modern Japanese, 1.

This paper will consist of two sections. In Section A candidates will be required to translate one of two passages of English into Japanese. In Section B candidates will be required to write a composition in Japanese on one of three topics.

Paper J.2. Modern Japanese texts, 1.

This paper will consist of two sections. In Section A candidates will be required to translate one unseen passage from Japanese to English. In Section B candidates will be required to translate from Japanese into English two out of three passages taken from texts, normally drawn from essays or works of fiction, covered during the year. Candidates will also be required to answer in English a question on the style or content of each selected passage.

Paper J.3. Modern Japanese texts, 2.

This paper will consist of two sections. In Section A candidates will be required to translate one unseen passage from Japanese to English. In Section B candidates will be required to translate from Japanese into English two out of three passages taken from non-fiction texts covered during the year. Candidates will also be required to answer in English a question on the style or content of each selected passage.

Paper J.4. Modern Japanese history.

This paper will consist of two sections, containing a total of twelve essay questions. Candidates will be required to answer three questions, including at least one from each section.

Paper J.5. Classical Japanese.

This paper will consist of two sections. In Section A candidates will be required to translate one unseen passage from Japanese to English. In Section B candidates will be required to translate and/or comment on selected passages taken from texts covered during the year.

Paper J.6. Japanese culture.Paper J.7. Modern Japan, 1.Paper J.8. Modern Japan, 2.

Each of these papers will consist of ten essay questions, of which candidates will be required to attempt three.

Japanese oral examination.

This examination will consist of three sections: (A) a listening comprehension test: (B) reading aloud a short unseen text in Japanese, followed by a short conversation; (C) group discussion.

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Is. 6. Persian literary texts.

This paper will consists of two seen and two unseen passages of modern Persian prose for translation into English, carrying 80 per cent of the marks; and grammatical and linguistic questions on one or more of the passages, carrying 20 per cent of the marks. Candidates will be required to answer all five questions.

Is. 9. Middle Eastern and Islamic history, 2.

This paper will consist of two Sections, A and B. Section A will consist of eight essay questions and Section B will consist of passages in Arabic or Persian for comment (not translation). Candidates will be required to answer four questions, of which at least two must be from Section A and one from Section B. All questions will carry equal marks.

Part II

Egyptology

Paper E. 18. Ancient Egypt, 1: The framework of living.Paper E. 19. Ancient Egypt, 2: The practice of religion.Paper E. 20. Ancient Egypt, 3: Interconnections.

Each of these papers will consist of twelve questions, of which candidates will be required to answer four.

Hebrew Studies

Paper H. 11. Hebrew Texts, 2.

This paper will be divided into two Sections, A and B. Section A will consist of passages from Biblical texts for translation into English and comment, including a compulsory unspecified passage from Biblical Hebrew, and Section B will consist of passages from non-Biblical (inscriptions, post-Biblical Hebrew) texts for translation into English and comment. Candidates will be required to answer nine questions, five from Section A and four from Section B.

Paper H. 16. Modern Hebrew, 4.

This paper will consist of three sections, all of which must be attempted. In Section A, candidates will be required to write critical analyses of unspecified texts (prose and poetry); in Section B, candidates will be required to translate and comment on an unseen passage in Modern Hebrew; in Section C, candidates will be required to write an essay in Modern Hebrew on one of three topics.

Paper H. 17. Semitic specified texts.

This paper will consists of three sections, all of which must be attempted. Section A will consist of four passages from Medieval Hebrew poetry for translation and comment, of which candidates must attempt three. Section B will consist of four passages from Modern Hebrew poetry for translation and comment, of which candidates must attempt three. Section C will consist of two English passages, one for translation into Medieval Hebrew verse and the other for translation into Modern Hebrew verse, of which candidates must attempt one.

Paper H. 18. Special subject.

This paper will consist of two sections. Candidates will only be required to answer questions from one of these two sections. Section A will contain essay questions concerning the history of the Hebrew language, of which the candidate must answer four. Section B will contain essay questions concerning Modern Hebrew literature, of which the candidate must answer four.

Hebrew oral examination.

This examination will consist of four sections. In the first section candidates will be required to translate orally and interpret a text of Modern Hebrew. In the second section candidates will be required to read aloud a written passage. The third section will test comprehension of a video or audio recording. The fourth section will consist of a conversation in Modern Hebrew between the candidate and the Examiner.

Japanese Studies

Paper J.10. Modern Japanese, 2.

This paper will consist of three questions: (1) a short passage for translation from English into Japanese; (2) a Japanese text to be summarized in Japanese; (3) a short composition in Japanese. Candidates will be required to attempt all three questions.

Paper J.11. Modern Japanese unspecified texts.

This paper will contain four unseen passages for translation into English. Candidates will be required to translate passages 1 and 2, and either passage 3 (a literary text) or passage 4 (a social science text).

Paper J.12. Japanese texts, 1.Paper J.13. Japanese texts, 2.Paper J.14. Classical Japanese texts, 2.

Each of these papers will consist of two sections. In Section A candidates will be required to translate one unseen passage from Japanese into English. In Section B candidates will be required to translate from Japanese into English two passages from a selection of texts taught during the year. There will also be a short essay question, to be answered in English, relating to the texts chosen for translation.

Paper J.15. Japanese culture: specified subject.Paper J.16. Japanese history: specified subject.Paper J.17. Japanese society: specified subject.Paper J.18. Japanese politics and international relations: specified subject.

Each of these papers will consist of ten essay questions, of which candidates will be required to attempt three.

Japanese oral examination.

This examination will consist of three sections: (A) a listening comprehension test; (B) an oral précis exercise; (C) a ten-minute talk on a topic chosen by the candidate.

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Is. 12. Arabic language, 4.

This paper will consist of six unseen passages of Arabic for translation into English, of which candidates will be required to attempt three. All questions will carry equal marks.

Is. 23. Middle Eastern and Islamic history, 7.

This paper will consist of nine essay questions, of which candidates will be required to answer three. All questions will carry equal marks.


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Cambridge University Reporter, 29 November 2000
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