Questions from the 1699 Shun-t'ien Prefectural Military Examination(The Shun-t'ien Prefectural Examination was a provin
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he military examination was offered in three sessions. The first session tested ma-chien, namely shooting three arrows while riding on horseback. In the second session, the candidates were first requested to release their arrows (pu-she), and then to demonstrate their proficiency at three tasks: drawing a bow (k'ai-kung), brandishing a sword (wu-tao), and weight lifting (to-shih). The third session was given indoors; for the final component, the candidates were required to write an essay. After 1807, this essay component was replaced by a section demanding the regurgitation of passages from military classics that candidates memorized for the exam.