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1895 8th Grade Final Exam

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  1. Glockrunner

    Glockrunner HOOYA DEEPSEA

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    What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895...

    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. 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: 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, 1.25 hours)

    1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.

    2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 ft. 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 Howell?

    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, inter, 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? (NO! I don't have the answers.)
  2. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

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  3. podwich


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    What are prions?

    Describe the mechanism of a modern CPU.

    Describe the action of an internal combustion engine.

    Describe the life cycle of a retrovirus.

    What role does genetics play in the hereditary acquisition of diseases?

    Describe the process of assembling organic molecules.

    Sure-maybe theirs was for eighth grade, but I'm thinking perhaps some of the current stuff is a bit more important.
  4. vafish


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    I wouldn't say more important. It's more relevant.

    Education has changed over the years because we have changed.

    Those questions were relevant in their time.

    Testing methods have also changed. Could you imagine having a standardized test for all high school students in your state with only 45 questions on it?

    In this day and age those 45 questions would get leaked out, the kids would simply practice them, with the aid of their teachers who need the kids to score well on the standardized tests so the school continues to get funding, for a couple of weeks before the test and 95% would get A's on it.

    Heck I have a son with a reading disability, he gets his standardized tests read to him. In 1895 the teacher would have just beat the snot out of him in front of the class until he either learned to read or dropped out of school.
  5. Uncle Don

    Uncle Don Wood butcher

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    I'm not making excuses because that is certainly a challenging test, but the amount of information in the world was very limited then. There was no electricity, automobiles, flight, etc. There is just much more to "know" today. That said, I'm amazed sometimes at the inablity of some kids to perform basic math skills and compose sentences. When is the last time you had anyone under the age of 40 count back change to you and was not dependant on the electronic register?
  6. Viesczy


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    I think that they, the students and ourselves, should be able to answer the questions posed by both parties. Hello, because we're in a more modern era doesn't mean that grammar, mathematics and comprehension has changed.

  7. aspartz


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    As much as I dislike when people go to snopes:

  8. G-niner


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    Like Oprah says, 'We're wasting time teaching todays kids math, they can get all that from computers'.
  9. daveycrockett


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    If Oprah said it it must be true! :upeyes: Who the hell is Oprah anyways? Because she was fortunate enough to get a break and be granted her own show, people idolize her. There are many of us who could do what she does, and that goes for Letterman, Leno, Conan, and all the other idiots on tv. And what the hell is up with that Ellen character? She is the most horrible of all people on tv to endure. I don't watch any of these people but sometimes you are just forced to catch a minute or 2! Thank goodness for real tv like American Idol! :shocked: :frown: :) ;)