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THE INTERROGATION POINT, OR QUESTION. The Interrogation Point, or Question, is a mark like this ?
The Interrogation Point, or Question, shows that a question is asked; and is generally read with the rising inflection of the voice.
EXAMPLES 13. Has Charles bought a new hat ? 14. Did you say that Charles has bought a new hat ?
15. Did you read the thirteenth sentence in the same manner that you read the eighth ?
16. Do you now know what I mean by the rising inflection of the voice?
17. Do you know now how to read a sentence with the falling inflection of the voice ?
18. Shall I tell you again ? Will you listen attentively?
19. Are the little marks after the sentences in the first lesson, like those at the end of the sentences in this lesson ?
20. Do you know that you have read all the sentences in this lesson with the rising inflection of the voice ?
21. Will you look at the following sentences, and read those which are marked D, with the falling inflection of the voice; and those which are marked Q, with the rising inflection of the voice ?
D. John has arrived. 23. Q. Has John arrived ? 24. D. My father is very well. 25. Q. Is your mother well? 26. D. Mary has lost her book. 27. Q. Has Caroline found her work-box ?
28. D. Those who have not read these sentences well must read them over again.
29. Q. May those who have read them well proceed to the next lesson ?
30. D. As soon as they understand what they have read, I shall give them a new lesson.
31. Q. Will they all be as easy as this ? 32. D. That will depend upon yourself more than
33. Q. Does the D in the above sentences stand for a declaration ?
34. D. Yes; and the Q stands for a question.
Sometimes the sentence which ends with an interrogation point, is read with the falling inflection of the voice.
35. What o'clock is it?
Sometimes the first part of a sentence ending with an interrogation point, must be read with the rising inflection of the voice, and the last part with the falling inflection.
51. Shall I give you a peach, or an apple?
53. Is that John, or Charles ?
58. Does your father intend to build his new house in the city, or in the country?
59. Shall we now attend to our reading lessons, or to our lessons in spelling ?
60. Did you go to church on the last Sabbath, or did you stay at home?
Sometimes the first part of a sentence ending with a note of interrogation, must be read with the falling inflection of the voice, and the latter part with the rising inflection.
EXAMPLES. 61. Where have you been to-day? At home?
62. Whose books are those on the floor? Do they belong to John ?
63. Whither shall I go? Shall I return home? 64. What is that on the top of the house? Is it a bird ?
65. What are you doing with your book? Are you tearing out the leaves ?
66. Whom shall I send? Will John go willingly?
67. When shall I bring you those books ? Would you like to have them to-day?
68. Who told you to return? Did your father?
69. How much did you pay for that book? More than three shillings?
70. How old shall you be on your next birth-day? Eleven ?
71. Why did you not arrive sooner? Were you necessarily detained ?
72. How often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times ?
73. But what excuse can the Englishman plead? The custom of duelling?
74. What concern they? The general cause ?
75. How many lessons are there in this book ? Are there more than twenty-five ?
In this lesson some of the sentences are questions requiring the rising, and some the falling inflection of the voice. A few sentences also ending with a period are inserted. No directions are given to the pupil with regard to the manner of reading them, it being desirable that his own understanding, under the guidance of nature alone, should direct him. But it may be observed that questions that can be answered by yes, or no, ginerally require the rising inflection of the voice; and that questions that cannot be answered by yes, or no, generally require the falling inflection.
76. John, where have you been this morning ?
83. What excuse have you for coming late this morning? Did you not know that it is past the school hour ?
84. If you are so inattentive to your lessons, do you think that
shall make much improvement ? 85. Will you go, or stay? Will you ride or walk ? 86. Will you go to-day, or to-morrow ? 87. Did he resemble his father, or his mother ? 88. Is this book yours, or mine? 89. Do you hold the watch to-night ? We do, Sir. 90. Did you say that he was armed ? He was armed. 91. Did you not speak to it ? I did.
92. Art thou he that should come, or must we expect another person?
93. Why are you so silent? Have you nothing to say ?
94. Who hath believed our report? To whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed ?
THE EXCLAMATION POINT.
The Exclamation Point is a mark like this !
The Exclamation Point is placed at the end of sentences which express surprise, astonishment, wonder, or admiration, and other strong feelings, and such sentences are generally read with the falling inflection of the voice.
95. How cold it is to-day !
99. What a simple fellow he is to spend his money so uselessly!
100. Poor fellow, he does not know what to do with himself!
101. What a fine morning it is! How brightly the sun shines! How verdant is the landscape! How sweetly the birds sing ! 102. Look here! See what a handsome doll
my mother has just given me!
103. Good Heaven! What an eventful life was hers!
104. Good friends! Sweet friends! Let me not stir you up to such a sudden flood of mutiny!
105. Oh what a fall was there my countrymen !
106. Oh disgrace upon manhood! It is strange! It is dreadful !
107. Alas, poor country, almost afraid to know itself!
108. Oh glory! glory! mighty one on earth! How justly imaged in this waterfall!
109. Tremendous torrent! for an instant hush the terrors of thy voice !
110. Ah, terribly the hoarse and rapid whirlpools rage there !
111. Oh! deep enchanting prelude to repose The dawn of bliss, the twilight of our woes !
112. Daughter of Faith, awake! arise ! illume the dread unknown, the chaos of the tomb !