In 1787, the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King George III, the British Government sent a fleet to colonize
Australia. Never had a colony been founded so far from its parent state, or in such ignorance of the land it occupied.
There had been no reconnaissance. In 1770 Captain James Cook had made landfall on the unexplored east coast of this
utterly enigmatic continent, stopped for a short while at a place named Botany Bay and gone north again. Since then, no
ship had called – not a word, not an observation, for 17 years, each one of which was exactly like the thousands that had
preceded it, locked in its historical immensity of blue heat, blush, sandstone and the measured booming of glassy
Now, this coast was to witness a new colonial experiment, never tried before, not repeated since. An unexplored
continent would become a jail. The space around it, the very air and sea, the whole transparent labyrinth of the South
pacific, would become a wall 14,000 miles thick.
The late 18th century abounded in schemes of social goodness thrown off by its burgeoning sense of revolution. But
here, the process was to be reversed: not utopia, but Dystopia; not Rousseau’s natural man moving in moral grace amid
free social contract, but man coerced, deracinated, in chains. Other parts of the Pacific, especially Tahiti, might seem to
conform Rousseau. But the intellectual patrons of Australia, in its first colonial years, were Hobbes and Sade.
In their most sanguine moments, the authorities hoped that it would eventually swallow a whole class-the “criminal
class”, whose existence was one of the prime sociological beliefs of late Georgian and early Victorian England.
Australia was settled to defend English property not from the frog-eating invader across the Channel but from the
marauder within. English lawmakers wished not only to get rid of the “Criminal class” but if possible to forget about it.
Australia was a Cloaca, invisible, its contents filthy and unnamable.
To most Englishmen this place seemed not just a mutant society but another planet-an exiled world, summed up in its
popular name, “Botany Bay”. It was remote and anomalous to its white creators. It was strange but close, as the
unconscious to the conscious mind. There was as yet no such thing as “Australian” history or culture. For its first forty
years, everything that happened in the thief-colony was English. In the whole period of convict transportation, the
Crown shipped more than 160,000 men, women and children (due to defects in the records, the true number will never
be precisely known) in bondage to Australia. This was the largest forced exile of citizens at the behest of a European
government in pre-modern history. Nothing in earlier penology compares with it. In Australia, England drew the sketch
for our own century’s vaster and more terrible fresco of repression, the Gulag. No other country had such a birth, and its
pangs may be said to have begun on the afternoon of January 26, 1788, when a fleet of eleven vessels carrying 1,030
people, including 548 male and 188 female convicts, under the command of captain Arthur Phillip in his flagship Sirius,
entered Port Jackson or, as it would presently be called, Sydney Harbor.
1. When the author refers to “the marauder within”, he is referring to:
(A) the working class
(B) the lower class.
(C) the criminal class.
(D) the Loch Ness monster
2. According to the passage, the intellectual mentors of Australia could be
(A) Hobbes and Cook
(B) Hobbes and Sade
(C) Phillip and Jackson
(D) Sade and Phillip
3. Which of the following does not describe what the English regarded Australia to be
(A) a mutant society
(B) an exiled world.
(C) an enigmatic continent.
(D) a new frontier.
4. Elsewhere, according to the author, the late eighteenth century saw a plethora of:
(A) moral grace
(B) social welfare programs
(C) free social contracts
(D) social repression
5. The word “sanguine” means
6. The primary theme of the passage is
(A) the colonization of Australia
(B) the first forty years of Australian history.
(C) the rise of the “criminal class” and its impact on the life of Georgian England.
(D) the establishment of Australia as a penal colony.
7. One of the hallmarks of the late Georgian and early Victorian England was the belief in:
(A) repression of the “criminal class”.
(B) convict transportation.
(C) colonization as a solution to social problems
(D) the existence of a “criminal” class of people.
8. What is penology?
(A) The study of transportation of criminals
(B) The study of punishment in its relation to crime.
(C) The study of pens
(D) The study of ink flow of pens.
9. According to the passage, which of the following statements is not true?
(A) During the seventeen years after Captain James Cook made landfall at Botany Bay, the British made several
observation trips to Australia.
(B) Australia was settled by the British to protect their property from some of their own kin.
(C) The author implies that while Rousseau was vindicated in the functioning of the society of Tahiti, the process in
Australia presented a contrary picture.
(D) Both (a) and (b).
10. Sydney Harbor was earlier known as:
(A) Port Jackson
(B) Botany Bay
(C) Storm Bay
(D) Norfolk Bay