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Responsions was a name describing the first of the three examinations once required for an academic degree at the University of Oxfordmarker. It was nicknamed the Little Go and was generally taken by students prior to or shortly after matriculation, the idea being that without standardised qualifications from school examinations, the University had to verify for itself the quality of the students that colleges were accepting. The examination consisted of comparatively simple questions on Latin, Ancient Greek and mathematics. It was abolished in 1960.

The equivalent to the "Little-Go" at Cambridge was termed the Previous Examination. It consisted of elementary examinations in Latin, Ancient Greek, Divinity and Mathematics and was abolished in 1960: Karl Pearson's obituary of Raphael Weldon (p.8) refers to Weldon "preparing (c. 1877 for Little-Go and the London Preliminary Scientific. For the classical part of the former he seems to have worked by himself. Pearson also refers to 'Little-Go' in Cambridge in 1842 in his biography of Francis Galton.

The name derives from Anglo-French responsion, Medieval Latin responsion, and from Latin responsio, to answer, or give a response. In this sense it was sometimes used to describe the giving of a payment or the sung response in a choir.




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