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Here is a test to give your kids, grandkids, wife or husband. Not an open book test.

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Ray Miller

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How many really think they could pass this test with 70% of the question answered correctly and not an open book test.

You english majors out there how about some help with the answers to those questions.

I fear I would fail this test if I had to take it tonight. Anyone brave enough to take it.



8th grade exam from 1895, Please Read This!

Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?

This is the eighth grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam:
[FONT=Times New
Roman]Salina[/FONT]
, KS, 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of 'lie', 'play', and 'run.'
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time, 65 minutes)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per meter?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus .
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States .
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas .
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour) (Do we even know what this is???)

1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, and syllabication.
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, sub vocal, diphthong, cognate letters, and lingual.
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' (HUH?)
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi-, dis-, mis-, pre-, semi-, post-, non-, inter-, mono-, and sup-.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)


1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia , Odessa , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco .
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of: Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete. Gives the saying 'he only had an 8th grade education' a whole new meaning, doesn't it? This also shows you how poor our education system has become... and,






 

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OMG, I had an anxiety attack just reading the headings!!!!!


:rof::rof::rof::rof:
 

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Damnit......I KNEW I was dumb!
 
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Shoot Ray, I've noticed the gross decline since 1970. A Bachelor Degree today is MUCH less than that 1895 8th grade graduate!!!!
 

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Test

Thats easy,Ray.

Rocky mounts, Smokey mounts;
i before e except after c............

Easy to find out info as Henry Ford , who never finished school,says;
even easier with computers. Forgot some of those facts-help kids.
 

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As to the arithmetic portion - no portable calculators available back then, were there?

I have an old "year book" of my grandmother's from the late 1800s.

They wrote with such prose, no short cuts, beautiful flowing sentences. And gorgeous handwriting.

My father made it to sixth grade only - then he joined the 3 C's - this was a program designed by the federal government to assist the economy - young folks joined the 3 C's to help construct the US road system and their paycheck was often sent home to the parents.

He told us of a brick street in South Omaha (he was from Omaha), which was the largely developed area back then, that they laid the bricks down, then removed the bricks, then laid the bricks down, then removed the bricks. Just to keep them busy. He was eventually sent to other states to continue the work. But, oh, how he hated to drive on that street!!! And it was right by our local high school, and on the way to the local grocery store and the South Omaha business district. He just couldn't avoid it.
 

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That is a hard test. Wow. I sure am glad the Cert Res test was easier! :D

Curious - and this question has nothing to do with anything - but,

What was the average of an eight grader then and now? (Not that I could pass that test at any age. :rof: )
 

Ray Miller

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Thats easy,Ray.

Rocky mounts, Smokey mounts;
i before e except after c............

Easy to find out info as Henry Ford , who never finished school,says;
even easier with computers. Forgot some of those facts-help kids.


Forget the use of computers and open books for the test.

Yep, I do remember i before e except after c, been a lot of years.
 

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7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?

Morse : Wasnt he a guitar player or something, named Steve?

Whitney: First name was JC, made a fotune selling cheap car parts.

Fulton: He sold brushes door to door, or was he the guy that invented that fold up bed/couch thing?

Bell: He made a fortune making motorcycle helmets. I have had a few.


Lincoln: Duh, he invented the Navigator.

Penn, and Howe: They are magicians in Las Vegas. The little guy doesnt talk.
 

Ray Miller

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My father made it to sixth grade only - then he joined the 3 C's - this was a program designed by the federal government to assist the economy - young folks joined the 3 C's to help construct the US road system and their paycheck was often sent home to the parents.

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Civilian Conservation Core, they did a great job of building trail systems and buildings in our National Parks and National Forest.

It is ashame that goverment can not do that agin. I work with a man Bill Yennie (the Book "Switchbacks) and he relates stories in the book to the CCC camps that he would pack equipment and supplies into back them.

What would happen if the goverment told all those dead beats that are drawing public funds that you would be required to work for those dollars by building and repairing our interstructure. By learning a trade, going to school.

Be a heck of a lot less single mothers and fathers if they were out working instead of laying around breeding and collecting welfare checks, food stamps.

Just my thinking.
 
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