WHICH WILL BE ASKED on the 2ND DEGREE
1. How were you prepared to be passed to
the Second Degree?
Answer: In a manner somewhat similar to the former,
save that in this degree I was not hood winked, neither had I a cable tow around my neck. My left arm,
right breast and knee were made bare, and my left heel slipshod.
2. On what were you admitted?
Answer: The Square.
3. What is a square?
Answer: An implement having an angle of
ninety degrees or the fourth part of a circle.
4. What are the peculiar objects of
research in this degree?
Answer: The hidden mysteries of nature
5. As it is the hope of reward that
sweetens labour, where did our ancient brethren go to receive their wages?
Answer: Into the middle chamber of King
6. How did they receive them?
Answer: Without scruple or diffidence.
7. Why in this peculiar manner?
Answer: Without scruple, well knowing they were
justly entitled to them, and without diffidence from the great reliance they placed on the integrity of their
employers in those days.
8. What were the names of the two great
pillars which were placed at the porchway or entrance to King Solomon's Temple?
Answer: That on the left was called B -
- - , and that on the right J - - - - -.
9. What are their separate and conjoint
Answer: The former denotes in Strength, the latter
to establish, and when conjoined stability, for God said: in strength will I establish this mine house to stand
QUESTIONS TO BE LEARNT
10. What are the working tools of the 2nd
Answer: The square, the level and the
11. What, symbolically, does each working
Answer: The square teaches morality, the level
equality, and the plumb rule justness and uprightness of life and actions.
12. What do they teach about our destiny?
Answer: That by square conduct, level steps, and
upright intentions, we hope to ascend to those heavenly mansions where all goodness emanates.
13. What is the significance of the
spherical balls adorning the two great pillars?
Answer: They delineate maps of the
celestial and terrestrial globes pointing out masonry universal.
14. Why were these pillars originally
Answer: As a memorial to the Children of Israel of
that miraculous pillar of fire and cloud that saved the Israelites from Pharaoh during their escape from their
15. How many steps comprised the winding
staircase, and why that number?
Answer: Seven or more. Three rule a
lodge, five hold a lodge, and seven or more make it perfect.
16. What is the significance of these
Answer: The three who rule a lodge are the Master
and his two wardens, the five who hold a lodge are the Master, two wardens, and two Fellow Crafts; and the
seven who make in perfect are two Entered Apprentices added to the former five.
17. What are the five noble orders of
Answer: The Tuscan, Doric, Ionic,
Corinthian, and Composite.
18. What are the seven liberal arts and
Answer: Grammar, rhetoric, logic,
arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy.
19. Your attention was peculiarly drawn to
something in the centre ceiling of the Temple. What was it?
Answer: The letter "G".
20. What does it denote?
Answer: The Grand Geometrician of the
Universe, toWhom we must all submit, and Whom we ought
humbly to adore.