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  • Think you could pass this 8th grade final exam?

    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, and reprinted by the Salina
    Journal.

    8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, 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, 1 hour 15 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 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at
    50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 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 6,720 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, 1865.

    Orthography (Time, one hour)
    [Do we even know what this is??]
    1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography,
    etymology, syllabication
    2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
    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, I nter, mono, 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?
    Last edited by ValleyOne; 11-15-2007, 11:01 PM.
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  • #2
    The simple answer is.............

    I'd still be in 8th grade

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    • #3
      Brings back many memories from school in my younger days.

      When I met my wife her youngest had severe learning problems and she did not have the patience to deal with him 1 on 1. I agreed to sit with him for the homework as I would make sure he made an effort (not copy off others the next morning before school). The modern methods left him for dead so I taught him the way I learnt at school - basic and best for him. He soon picked up things better but it made me sad to see the 1st thing he did when doing maths was to switch on the calculator ................... I took it off him so he would do it all by hand to learn what he was doing and how. He really improved alot but when he went to live with father he slid back down again only to end up a bum.
      Last edited by NRM_Oz; 11-16-2007, 12:17 AM.
      "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer" Sun Tzu

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      • #4
        I dunno. I'll let you know after I finish the 8th grade.
        "Every betrayal begins with trust." - Brian Jacques

        "I can't predict the future, but I know that it'll be very weird." - Anonymous

        "There is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9

        "History, with all its volumes vast, hath but one page." - Lord Byron

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        • #5
          Yes ......... but are you smarter than a 5th grader ?
          "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer" Sun Tzu

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          • #6
            Originally posted by NRM_Oz View Post
            Yes ......... but are you smarter than a 5th grader ?
            NOPE!!! I'll take the $1000 and admit it!
            It takes an officer to screw up to make a really good officer.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NRM_Oz View Post
              Yes ......... but are you smarter than a 5th grader ?
              I can only hope. The 8th grade test was hard enough. I would have only made about 70% on that. It's much easier taking a test like that when you are in 8th grade then it is 27 (or so) years later.

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              • #8
                Good Lord, I'd still be in nursery school if this is what is needed to pass.


                If I had my way whom/who would have to take this test and pass with a score of 90%, or
                no diploma are the deep thinkers, the "we are better than you," we
                know what is best for you, you are politically incorrect.

                I am referring
                to Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, and University at California at Berkley graduates
                http://www.laurel-and-hardy.com/ Greatest Comedy team ever!

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                • #9
                  Simon and Garfunkel said it in a song. "Think of all the crap we learned in high school" Well I guess this proves not much has changed in all these years. Yet we still seem to advance in the evolution chain. Or are we? Kodachrome has been replaced by Chromosome.
                  THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME FOR A 911 CALL IS FOUR MINUTES
                  THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME FOR A .357 MAGNUM ROUND IS 1400 FEET PER SECOND?
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                  • #10
                    My parents both left school at 14 - as it was the done thing in the country areas. My mother always said you learnt more in the workforce than you ever could at school besides basic writing / grammar / mathematics and so forth. 1 thing she drummed into our heads was being able to spell and to know our times tables from 1 - 15 and to know them backwards because it was "something you will need to use at work". Our great grandparents were educated for life skills that were of use to their future, not about stuff that is soon forgotten after leaving school.
                    "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer" Sun Tzu

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by NRM_Oz View Post
                      My parents both left school at 14 - as it was the done thing in the country areas. My mother always said you learnt more in the workforce than you ever could at school besides basic writing / grammar / mathematics and so forth. 1 thing she drummed into our heads was being able to spell and to know our times tables from 1 - 15 and to know them backwards because it was "something you will need to use at work". Our great grandparents were educated for life skills that were of use to their future, not about stuff that is soon forgotten after leaving school.
                      NRM Oz: Your Mom was right in some ways. In 2007 some of our schools
                      are teaching crap! Reading, writing, and Math are for fools in some very
                      bad schools systems.
                      http://www.laurel-and-hardy.com/ Greatest Comedy team ever!

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                      • #12
                        Teacher preparation back then was a treasured skill. Of course they had at times a sterotypical view that those who could did and those who couldn't taught. What tosh! Another school of thought was teaching was gentle art best left up to the "fair sex." Again, what rubbish!
                        In those years, disruptive students were corrected on the spot by the teacher or designated disciplinarian. Today's way of thinking, the student is always right, the teacher is always wrong and society ambivalent. If a teacher is attacked, some parents pile on.
                        Some school districts discourage the hiring of former or retired military personnel for fear the children will be intimidated. Many have taken the mistaken notion schools are glorified baby/child sitters.
                        When my son was in freshman year of high school, a disruptive student pulled a knife on a teacher who was a retired Marine Corps colonel who merely laughed at the young miscreant and ordered to sit down. BIG MISTAKE, the student charged the teacher and was thrown on his back and the teacher had the knife. The parents were of no help as they were in state prison and the aunt was terrified of the boy. The boy, now grown, is serving 25-years to life for assault with the intent of murder.
                        We get what we vote for or are willing to tolerate. And my friends, the chickens are coming back to roost.
                        Enjoy the day,
                        Bill

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                        • #13
                          Absolutely well said!
                          It takes an officer to screw up to make a really good officer.

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