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    8th Grade  Education...

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 ,  KS , 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 there in   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 an d 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 ,  Bel l , 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 are they  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 a final 'e.'  Name  two exceptions under each rule.
6.  Give two uses of silent letters in  spelling.  Illustrate each.
7.  Define t he 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, & nb sp;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.



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