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    8th grade test




    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, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.
    8th Grade Final Exam: Salina , KS - 1895

    FIVE hours to complete:
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    Grammar (Time, one hour)
    1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters..
    2. Name the parts of speech More..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& nbsp;
    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, f ain, 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.

    I gotta say I'd be hard pressed to get a D on this.



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    Re: 8th grade test

    Holy shit. I might be able to pull of a C now, but in 8th grade I would have failed that miserably.

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    Re: 8th grade test

    Is there a 5th grade test?
    Disclaimer: I'm an idiot.

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    Re: 8th grade test

    Kids have to way to easy now a days. These are all pretty basic questions.
    Should we together try to answer them all?
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    If only our kids knew how many bushel of corn could go into that cart.
    We would probably have cured cancer by now.

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    Re: 8th grade test

    I'm finishing up my internship to be a K-8 teacher, and I can tell you I would be lucky to get a C on that test without having a couple days to study.

    Studying the history of education is pretty interesting.
    It is amazing how the system has evolved (devolved?) over time.
    NCLB is the worst policy yet.

    I think if we truly want change in America, it starts at the fundamental levels.
    Schools here should look at models in other countries, where students that struggle in school are placed into trade industries at an earlier age.
    A person that paints cars in Germany is treated with the same respect as a doctor.
    They are both considered masters of their trade because they have gone through extensive training and spent time as apprentices.
    I better stop there or I am going to end up writing an essay.
    Rock out with your cock out!!!

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    Ain't know weight i am tuching that there one.
    Hell I cant even getem rite on "Smarter than a 5th Grader".
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    Re: 8th grade test

    Worthless, memorization based knowledge is worthless and memorization based.


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    Wow.. Lucky to get a D here


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    Re: 8th grade test

    Kids in 1895 didn't have anything else to do but study.

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