COMPREHENSIVE PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION


For the B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., & M.P.A.:

Students passing this examination with a score of 96% or better will be granted the degree of their choice.

Instructions:  Read each question carefully.  Answer each question fully.  Time limit:  1/2 hour

History

Describe the history of the Papacy from its origins to the present day, concentrating especially but not exclusively on its social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical impact on Europe, Asia, America, and Africa.  Be brief, concise, and specific.

Medicine

You have been provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a bottle of Scotch.  Remove your appendix.  Do not suture until your work has been inspected.  You have eight minutes.

Public Speaking

2,500 riot-crazed aborigines are storming the classroom.  Calm them. You may use any ancient language except Greek or Latin.

Biology

Create life.  Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this form of life had developed 500 million years earlier, with special attention to its probable effect on the English Parliamentary system.  Prove your thesis with probable examples.

Music

Write a piano concerto.  Orchestrate and perform it with flute and drum.  You will find a piano under your seat.

Psychology

Based on your knowledge of their works, evaluate the emotional stability, degree of adjustment, and repressed frustrations of the following:  Alexander of Aphrodisias, Rameses II, Gregory of Nicea, Hammurabi and Einstein.  Support your evaluation with quotations from each manís work, making appropriate references.  Do not worry about translating any passage you may use.

Sociology

Estimate the sociological problems which might accompany the end of the world.  Construct an experiment to support your theory.

Geography

Define Geography.  On what do you base your explanation?  Why?

Physics

Explain the nature of matter.  Include in your answer an evaluation of the impact of the development of mathematics on science.

Political Science

There is a red telephone on the desk beside yours.  Start World War III.  Report at length on its sociological, political, economic, and miscellaneous effects - if any.

Engineering

The disassembled parts of a high powered rifle have been placed in a box by your desk.  You will also find an instructional manual, printed in Swahili.  In ten minutes, a hungry Bengal tiger will be admitted to the room.  Take whatever action you feel appropriate.  Be prepared to justify your decision.

Economics

Develop a realistic plan for refinancing the national debt.  Trace the possible effects of your plan in the following areas:  Cubism, the Donatist Controversy and the wave theory of light.  Outline the method that would be used to prevent these effects.  Criticize this method from all possible points of view.  Point out the deficiencies in your point of view, as demonstrated in your answer to the last question.

Philosophy

Sketch the development of human thought and evaluate its significance.  Compare with the development of any other kind of thought.

General Knowledge

Describe your general knowledge in detail.  Be objective and specific.

Extra Credit

Define the Universe.  Give three examples.

(Note to all students taking this exam.  Use the space provided below the question to answer it.  Do not use extra sheets of paper.  At the conclusion of the exam please place your head on the desk and hold your pencil up in your right hand.  Your paper will then be picked up by the proctor.  You may make responsible comments concerning the exam, and any shortcomings it may have, in the space below.)


Source:  Unknown
 
 

WHR Homepage