Take this 8th grade test-How did you do?

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take this in the privacy of your home and see if you would pass this 1895 eighth grade test......we should all get #10 Arithmetic right, right?..... they don't do tests like they used to, heh?
BTW...no questions about pre-mix!



<DIV>coud we collectively get all the (right) answers within 6 weeks, by Jan 3, 04? and have more respect for an "8th grade edumacation"....?</DIV>
DISCLAIMER: Management takes no responsibility for any DUMBAS WRONG answers given by its members...





<DIV><B>The 8th grade in 1895</B>
Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895? (LOOK CLOSELY...THAT'S EIGHTEEN NINETY FIVE) 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.

<B>8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS -1895
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<B><I>Grammar (Time, one hour)</B></I>
1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters. </DIV>


<DIV>a) proper names, titles b)first letter of a sentence c)&nbsp;nouns and pronouns pertaing to deity (God Almighty) d)&nbsp;nouns pertaining to proper names (Judge Moore), (well that's 4 anyway)...............</DIV>

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2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications. </DIV>


<DIV>a)nouns b) pronouns c)adverbs d) adjectives d)prepositions e)conjunctions </DIV>no mods allowed on prepositions and conjunctions (?)


<DIV>
3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph. </DIV>


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4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of lie,play and run. </DIV>

<DIV>a) base (see) b) past tense (saw) c) past participle (seen)</DIV>

<DIV>
5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case. </DIV>

<DIV>a) nominative (I) b) possessive (Mine) c) objective (Me)</DIV>

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6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation. </DIV>

<DIV>the "joints" of sentence structure, comparable to musical notes of different shapes and sizes delivering the message other than in monotone... (periods, commas, colons, question marks, accent marks etc...)</DIV>

<DIV>
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.
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<DIV>Once upon a time...
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<B><I>Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours) </B></I>
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? </DIV>


<DIV>ANSWER: 2x10x3 = 60 Cubic Feet : 1.244 = 48.23 bushels (?) </DIV>


<DIV>3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare? </DIV>

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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? </DIV>

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5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton. </DIV>

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6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent. </DIV>

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7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per metre?</DIV>


<DIV>8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
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<DIV>9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance which is 640 rods. </DIV>

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10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt

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<B><I>U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)</B></I>
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided</DIV>
a) pre-9-11&nbsp;&nbsp; b) post 9-11



<DIV>2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus
</DIV>

<DIV>looking for India, not knowing where 'fugawee' was, found Caribbean shores; delivered riches&nbsp;to the crown of Spain, disease to the "Indians"</DIV>

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3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War </DIV>


<DIV>First Republican TAX CUT given to ourselves: too many taxes going to the crown; hey we know better, get outtahere...</DIV>


<DIV>4. Show the territorial growth of the United States </DIV>

<DIV>from sea to shining sea, Rio Grand to shores of Ontario</DIV>

<DIV>
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas </DIV>

<DIV>what history?</DIV>

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6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion </DIV>


<DIV>7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe? </DIV>

<DIV>a) Morse Code b) Eli Whitney: cotton gin c) Bell:&nbsp; telephone (1876)....c) Fulton, Robert: steamboats circa 1800 d) Lincoln: tall skinny dude who "saved" the Union (Illinois' proudest son) e) Penn, Sean: Lefty and Actor.. granfather William Penn owned Pennsylvania (1681) f) Elias Howe: inventor of sewing machine (1846), Julia Howe: feminist authored "Battle Hymn of the Republic", Sir William Howe: British dude Commander of the American colonies don't you know?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

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<B><I>Orthography (Time, one hour)</B></I>

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</DIV>
<DIV>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

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<B><I>Geography (Time, one hour)</B></I>

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</DIV>
<DIV>10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth

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Also notice that the exam took six hours to complete. Gives the saying" he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning, doesn't it?</DIV>
 

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Tough exam for an 8th grader. What's the pass/fail rate or average score?
 

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dont know, I wasn't around those days.....and dont have the school-master's answer sheet...
 

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according to my Webster:

rod&nbsp;= 5.5 yards or 16.5 feet or 5.03 meters...

bushel = 4 pecks = 2,150 cubic inches

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I got 'em all right.
 

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and you guys have yet to figure out the metric system :scream: :)
 

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Me too Jamie.

Love you.
 

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Hey all you out there with 8th-grade educations....

I was reading that around 1790 2 Frenchmen came up with the unit of measurement called a meter, which they based on being 1 ten-millionth the distance from the north pole to the equator, based along the meridian running through Paris, France.

As it turns out, we now know today (based on satellites) that the measurement they took in 1790 was only 2 millimeters off the actual distance.

How did those crafty Frenchmen do it? Humans hadn't even been to the north pole back then. Really long measuring tape?
 

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Couldn't pass that, but I do know that

X=-b+-square root of b^2-4(a)(c)/2(a)

Does that count for anything?
 

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I could have passed first part. But then my wife is a high school English and I have published a couple of short stories so the English part isn't as hard for me as for most. But 10 years ago before she graduated and before I started writing, I would have answered the whole first section with Huh?
Math, would have missed the first one, but the rest were pretty easy.. There are 160 Sq rods in a Sq Acre. Worked on a dairy farm in high school. Not sure why I remember that.
History, I would have done fair.
Orthography, Man, I helped my wife study for her linguistics class and I recognize all the terms, but can't remember what most of them mean.
Geography, I'd have done poor. When I play Trivial Prusuit it is always my worst catagory.