240. How may low tones be acquired?
By continued practice in a lower key than the natural.
241. How may a high key be acquired?
In the same manner as a low key; by pitching the voice first
a little higher than the natural, and mastering that
thoroughly, then still higher and higher.
242. What is meant by Rotundity of
That peculiar form of tone which the Romans called “Ore rotundo,”
which signifies “Round mouth.”
243. In what kind of sentences is the
Rotundity of the voice
In the hailing of vessels, and is used especially by sailors and
244. Which is the most difficult:
to raise the voice to a higher
pitch, or to bring it to a lower?
The lowering of the voice is more difficult, and requires great
care and practice.
245. What is a common fault with most
To run the voice into too high a key, and thus weary the hearers.
246. What is a good rule by which to
govern the voice?
To start on a key lower than the natural, and thus avoid running
247. What are the principal styles
of different reading
Descriptive, Narrative, Senatorial, Moral, Didactic, Dramatic, and
248. What tone of voice should be used
in reading a Descriptive
The ordinary, natural tone, with a careful use of emphasis.
249. What tone of voice is best adapted
to the reading of a
The conversational tone, with as little reference to the printed
page as possible.
250. What style is the best adapted
to Senatorial reading?
An imitative style and tone, being careful in the use of the
251. What tone is best adapted to the
reading of Moral and
Low and moderate tone, expressing feeling and sentiment, being
careful not to read too fast.
252. What style is best adapted to
That peculiar style which is best adapted to impart instruction,
laying special stress on the important idea.
253. What style and tone are best adapted
to the reading of
A style and tone which are entirely imitative in character.
254. What tone or character of voice
is best suited to the
rendering of Amusing selections?
That which will bring out the mirthful sentiment, to the exclusion
of all rules for accent, emphasis, etc.
255. Should all persons use the same
tones of voice and style in
They should not; as individuals are differently constituted,
so they have different ways of expressing their ideas and