Monday, July 28

Could You Pass?

This came to me in email and I thought you'd enjoy it. I'd never be able to pass that test now! How about you?

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, 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 metre?
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.' (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, 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?!

Also shows you how poor our education system has become! and, NO! I don't have the answers.


Farrago said...

For what it's worth, you have to realize that a lot of this is about context and relevance. A lot of this information that we don't know -- though no doubt important 113 years ago -- is useless today, and we don't need to know it. So I don't feel so bad not knowing most of it.

If you were given useless information to study, and tested on the useless information, then you'd know the answers to a lot of stuff nobody else knows, but no one would care.

Have you ever seen those quizzes to test whether the average joe adult can pass the fifth grade today? It can be embarrassing.

Star said...

And no calculator either.I couldn't have passed it in eigth grade, let alone now.

bobbie said...

Wow! But, as farrago said, much of it is not relevant today.
My mother only went as far as the 8th grade, but I don't think she even graduated. Now I know why.

bobbie said...

Wow! But, as farrago said, much of it is not relevant today.
My mother only went as far as the 8th grade, but I don't think she even graduated. Now I know why.

traveler one said...

My goodness that's a tough one (but so much fun!)!

Granny Annie said...

Having lived in Kansas a brief while, I can guarantee you the people who passed that test had sense enough to leave Kansas and none of their offspring live there either.

Okay, I didn't know the answers either. I'm betting my spouse will. He's too darn smaat for his own good.

Ginnie said...

Darn you, Judy, I was already feeling kindof down today and now I feel downright dumb, too !!
Thank goodness for computers and "spell-check".

Beverly said...

A tough one. My daddy only went through the eighth grade, stopping to work. It would be interesting to see what kind of test there was here in Florida.

PI said...

Cripes! In a word - no!

GJG said...

They sure taught the basics of english, reading and basic math. Today most of our 8th graders couldn't even read the questions on this test, let alone answer them.

these eighth graders were taught how to think as well as do the math, and better yet they were taught how to write, punctuate and how to use words. today its "wuz up?"

Gary (aka old dude)

tiff said...

Um, no.

But know I want to.

Bear Naked said...

I agree with Gary.
Writing, punctuation and spelling is now, in my opinion (not IMO)lost to the new generation.

Bear((( )))

Laura said...

I do have the answers! We need to spank 'em upside the butt, take away their cell phones and ipods, get rid of standard testing and go back to basics!
there ya go.

Althoughhhh, farrago has a very good point!

Jamie Dawn said...

I skimmed through that test, paying particular attention to the math questions. Today's kids are dumb in comparison. It's a shame!
I feel like an idiot. My brain would explode if I had to take this five-hour exam.
Our educational standards suck!

Shephard said...

You lost me at he had a wagon box. lol