The white rice paper used in the palace examination was mounted in four layers, which were increased to seven during the reigns of Qianlong and Jiaqing. The writing space was marked within red lines. The first half page of the first cut of the set was used for writing the participant’s resume and his three-generation ancestry. The treatise should fill the remaining seven and half cuts. At the end, the surnames of the eight examiners were listed. As a matter of formality, there were stock phrases to begin and finish the argument and substance-wanting formulas were banned. The treatises written with preciseness and propriety would be accepted. This was conducted without application of rigid rules, though. The style of calligraphy would also be carefully assessed, as dark and robust handwriting with an extra glow of ink would often cut a favorable figure. Fushenger was ranked 36th in the Third Category and given the title of Regular Metropolitan Graduate.
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