1895 gr 8 final exam

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  1. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    Moreluck sent this eye opener.................

    Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such stated that they only had an 8th grade education?
    Well, check this out. - - -
    This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , KS , 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

    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, lay and run


    5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.


    6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.


    7. 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
    50cts/bushel, deducting 1050lbs. 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. Fi nd 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
    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, 1865.
    Orthography (Time, one hour)
    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, sub vocals, 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 &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.
     
  2. rod

    rod retired and happy

    That just shows what a sorry state our schools have fallen into. Now days about all the kids learn is that the teacher can't disipline them and that everyone gets a gold star. :sad-little:
     
  3. BigBrownSanta

    BigBrownSanta New Member

    Just curious, can anyone answer any of those questions? (Not asking for the answers, just curious if anyone could answer them).

    5 hours to take an 8th grade test.

    I think I would have been a professional 8th grader.

    Essay-type questions... aaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!:biting::biting::biting:

    Another reason I hated school.
     
  4. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    I probably could do B work on the geo and history....as for the math orthogathy maybe d and probably c minus for the grammar
     
  5. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    LOL We talked about them. Some I could answer. Some I couldn't. My husband had no problem with 'farm' questions as he was raised in that environment. I had to look up orthography. Had no idea what it even meant. LOL
     
  6. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Does any non-farm person even know what a bushel is today ?
     
  7. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    I don't!
     
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    College graduation rates would fall sharply if they had to pass that test before receiving their diplomas.
     
  9. Big Babooba

    Big Babooba Well-Known Member

    8 dry quarts = 1 peck and
    4 pecks = 1 bushel so
    1 bushel = 32 dry quarts

    Don't ask me about rods and cubits!
     
  10. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    A rod is 16.5 ft or 11 cubits. Yes I had to search it.
     
  11. longlunchguy

    longlunchguy Runnin on Empty

    Upstate? Come on, you can ace this!! Me? I am merely a truck driver.
     
  12. UPS Lifer

    UPS Lifer Well-Known Member

    My mom used to tell me she loved me a "bushel and a peck"... I just assumed it was a whole lot! LOL!
     
  13. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    "A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck." :happy-very:
     
  14. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.


    Judging from this test so am I.
     
  15. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    I ain`t got much edumication,thank God me gots looks.
    Mama always said "If you can`t be smart be the sextoy of someone who is"
     
  16. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    Guys and dolls
     
  17. jds4lunch

    jds4lunch What the hell is YOUPS??

    Is that even written in english? I'd have to get a dictionary just to decipher the questions. Not too mention growing up on the metric system wouldn't help me any. All I know is that there are 12 inches in a foot, and 3 feet in a yard. And I learned that playing highschool football lol.
     
  18. Boxy

    Boxy New Member

    +1 Getting your butt beat when you screw up and being told you're wrong is the only way to go.

    Its ridiculous how Politically correct and sensitive we have all become on a variety of issues.

    I remember that I was an evil little S&$% growing up and I give credit and thanks to the teachers and my parents for painting my back porch red whenever I was in the wrong.
     
  19. UPSNewbie

    UPSNewbie New Member

    Ironically, I hated high school because I had no challenge. With that test, I might have liked it.
     
  20. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    Looks like I will be repeating the 8th grade.