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1895 8th Grade Final Examination

That's some good old timey picturin' right there.

That's some good old timey picturin' right there.

Editor’s note – since this is an email – it is probably a lie – but screw you if you think I am going to Snopes to check it.  They told me the African prince wasn’t gonna pay me my money, either.  But he is just about to!

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.

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. 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!

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