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On five different occasions, do all the planning of program, training of entertainment, and presiding over a grand council of not less than 25 people, to take at least two hours; entertainment on each occasion to be entirely different. Council must include business, song, dance, challenges, etc., for coup. On ten occasions as above, for grand coup.

Either of following for coup; both for grand coup.

(a) Sing solo and from memory, 5 different American folk songs and 5 European folk songs. (A folk song is a song which was evolved by the people,--not by a person,--expressing the genius or life of the people.)

(b) Write an original song with words and music, not less than 2 verses of at least 8 lines each, or equivalent.

Either of following for coup; both for grand coup.

(a) Play a different instrumental solo on each of 8 public occasions, or act as accompanist at least 8 times for some public event, without pay.

(b) Take part on 8 or more occasions as a member of a quartet, glee club, choir, etc., or solo, or as a member of an orchestra, band, etc., or solo, without pay.

Either of following for coup; both for grand coup.

(a) Tell entertainingly a different story on each of 10 different occasions, to take not less than 10 minutes each.

(b) Write an original play, based on a folk legend, to include at least one dance, to take not less than 15 minutes to present.

Either of following for coup; both for grand coup.

(a) Organize and take part in some pageant or other outdoor function, to take at least one hour to present.

(b) Write, direct and take part in some play indoors, of not less than an hour's duration.

Either of following for coup; both for grand coup.

(a) Give 10 illustrations, scriptural or otherwise, of men getting closer to God, by prayer, fasting and vigil, alone in the wilderness.

(b) Give an account of the annual camp-out instituted by Moses as the Feast of Tabernacles. Describe its social and hygienic significance.

The following coup is open only to those over 18, and under the advice of a physician.

Fast alone, and in a high place if possible, for 48 hours, for coup; 3 days and night, for grand coup. May read and sleep. Water permitted.

The following coup open only to those over 15; grand coup open only to those over 18.

Watch and wait alone, preferably in some high sheltered place in the wilderness, by a fire, without reading, smoking, eating or drinking (except water), from sunset to sunrise, for coup. As above for 36 hours, comprising 2 nights and 1 day, for grand coup.

Wholly abstain for three months from your besetting sin, for coup; 6 months for grand coup. You need not tell what it is, but be able to give word of honor to those in charge.

If the above coup includes the following, both may not be counted.

Speak no sullen, impatient, angry or unkind word, for one month, for coup. Three months for grand coup.

Cheerfully perform some unpleasant duty each day for 3 months, for coup; 6 months for grand coup.

Deny one's self some material thing which is much liked but not needed for three months, for coup; 6 months for grand coup.

Train some wild bird or animal so that it will come when called, and eat from hand, for coup; both a bird and animal, for grand coup.

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