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8Th Grade Test From 1895

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I know this is a US example but it applies equally to our piece of crap education system.

8th grade test from 1895

The average student in college today would have difficulty getting even a few of these questions right, let alone even comprehending the questions.

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 from Salina, Kansas.

It was taken from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, Kansas and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas - 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 do, lie, lay 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, 1.25 hours)

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 50 cts. per bu, 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 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 inch?

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 around 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)

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?

2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?

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3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate

letters, linguals?

4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.

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, super.

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 N.A.

5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St.

Helena, Juan Fermandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.

6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.

7. Name all the republics of Europe and give 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 inclination of the earth.

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I wouldn't expect not knowing the bits of US history to count against someone these days, or the units knowledge required to answer the arithmetic questions. They seem fairly straightforward if you've got that sort of knowledge that you don't really need to have. The fact that a lot of the questions wouldn't be understood isn't because of a crap education system but simply because things have changed. Replace the units with metric, change the questions to have something to do with computers and the 1895 student would be equally baffled.

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Personally I'd stick to

1. Which do you consider were the more alike, Caesar or Pompey, or vice versa? (Be brief.)

2. Discuss, in latin or gothic (but not both), whether the Northumbrian Bishops were more schismatical than the Cumbrian Abbots. (Be bright.)

3. Which came first, A.D. or B.C.? (Be careful.)

4. Has it never occurred to you that the Romans counted backwards? (Be honest.)

5. How angry would you be if it was suggested

  1. That the XIth Chap, of the Consolations of Boethius was an interpolated palimpsest?
  2. That an eisteddfod was an agricultural implement?

6. How would you have attempted to deal with

  1. The Venomous Bead?
  2. A Mabinogion or Wapentake? (Be quick.)

7. What would have happened if

  1. Boadicea had been the daughter of Edward the Confessor?
  2. Canute had succeeded in sitting on the waves? Does it matter?

8. Have you the faintest recollection of

  1. Ethelbreth?
  2. Athelthral?
  3. Thruthelthrolth?

9. What have you the faintest recollection of?

10. Estimate the average age of

  1. The Ancient Britons
  2. Ealdormen
  3. Old King Cole

11. Why do you know nothing at all about

  1. The Laws of Infangthief and Egg-seisin?
  2. Saint Pancras?

12. Would you say that Ethelread the Unready was directly responsible for the French Revolution? If so, what would you say?

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I'm really disappointed that we no longer teach people about bushels of wheat. What are youngsters learning these days

I'm extremely concerned about the decline of knowledge about the four substitutes for caret 'u'.

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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 50 cts. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. for

tare?

5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.

7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $.20 per inch?

9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?

Most of this could be paraphrased as: have you memorised the many arbitrary rules of the imperial system?

3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?

Accept either "Good to swim in" or "Gives the fish somewhere to pee".

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2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?

Global warming Climate change Chemtrails

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Most of this could be paraphrased as: have you memorised the many arbitrary rules of the imperial system?

Accept either "Good to swim in" or "Gives the fish somewhere to pee".

In fact it seems that bushel is both a measure of weight and of volume. A quick google confirms this. Interesting as that to anoldster of 63 like me bushel is an oldish measure of volume. It was mentioned and defined in school, I've seen it used in evruday writings not that much older than me but never encountered it in everyday life.

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In fact it seems that bushel is both a measure of weight and of volume. A quick google confirms this. Interesting as that to anoldster of 63 like me bushel is an oldish measure of volume. It was mentioned and defined in school, I've seen it used in evruday writings not that much older than me but never encountered it in everyday life.

A bushel should be a measurement of bush.

As in 'I fancy a bushel tonight'.

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A bushel should be a measurement of bush.

As in 'I fancy a bushel tonight'.

Now, in the bit of Ireland I come from we would talk about a wee half when referring to the bush, or indeed to either of the Johns.

Story told of the reason someone crashed a car one night on a fairly straight bit of road. 'John was driving.' :D

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I suspect a kid from 1895 would struggle to answer most of the questions in today's examinations. I'm pretty sure I read that Plato once bemoaned the quality of young people's education so things have been going downhill for a long time.

Times, and education needs, change.

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