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  1. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    This is an 8th grade test from over 100 years ago.

    8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas - 1895

    This is the eighth-grade final exam* from 1895 from Salina, Kansas. It was taken
    from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society
    and Library in Salina, Kansas 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 do, lie, lay 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, 1.25 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. per bu, deducting 1050 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 cost of 6720 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 inch?
    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, and 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, 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, super.
    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 N.A.
    5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fermandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
    6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
    7. Name all the republics of Europe and give 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 inclination of the earth.

    The top of the test states > "EXAMINATION GRADUATION QUESTIONS OF SALINE COUNTY, KANSAS
    April 13, 1895 J.W. Armstrong, County Superintendent.Examinations at Salina, New Cambria, Gypsum City, Assaria, Falun, Bavaria, and District No. 74 (in Glendale Twp.)"

    According to the Smoky Valley Genealogy Society, Salina, Kansas "this test is the original eighth-grade final exam for 1895 from Salina, KS. An interesting note is the fact that county students taking this test were allowed to take the test in the 7th grade, and if they did not pass the test at that time, they were allowed to re-take it again in the 8th grade."
     
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    Mark Mayonnaise You look like a tree! VIP

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    Sorry, no questions about the difference between hash browns, hash rounds, and tater tots.
     
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    DarkFriday Fired as a MOD...Twice. Gold

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    Thanks Obama.
     
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    Damn, I went to private school, and that test is hard!!!

    People ARE being less well educated as time goes on.

    I have no kids.
     
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    I've never felt so ill-educated as after trying that test.
     
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    I can't do school


    Or anything else really
     
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    I was shocked, myself!!!
     
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    I am smart enough to not have kids.

    BOOM HEADSHOT!!!
     
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    A Florida mother is outraged after her 12-year-old daughter came home with an assignment she was given in her seventh grade Spanish class.

    Regina Stiles posted on her Facebook page a form that asked students "How much privilege do you have?"

    It instructed students to circle the boxes that apply to them in the categories of race, skin color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation and disability.

    The options under gender included, “cisgendered,” “transgendered” or “genderqueer.”

    The unnamed teacher, who is in her first year of teaching in the district, has since been pulled from the classroom while the issue is investigated.
     
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    the math I've seen come home from high school
    for a kid that will go to college in math/science shit stuff type deal

    I did take all that stuff--it's been a while--and it takes some effort on your part
    to figure out how you can be of help if needed
    thank god for the internet and shit
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    I was pretty good at math and thankfully never had any problems getting through them. But to this day I have zero idea what anything besides some simple geometry and algebra is used for. Calculus? Might as well be a dead language.
     
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    I have to admit that school bored the shit out of me (or more accurately, the teachers were boring), so I daydreamed my way trough school. Thankfully, I was a voracious reader, so I consider myself self educated.
     
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    I don't have kids and I graduated HS in the mid 80s. But growing up I always felt less well educated than my parents. They both went to Catholic school. Even their colleges and grad school (where they met) were Catholic. I attended public school for K-12. I probably had a better science education than either of them did (Catholic schools were always notorious for short changing science) and I knew more history than they did. But they'd both had Latin in school and were better with grammar, vocabulary, spelling, etc. My mother had to read a lot more in school than I did. I definitely think there is value to old-style rote learning. For years I hated memorizing, but now I realize it's an essential part of what makes one an educated person. Looking back on it, I also wonder if this sense of my parents' superior education wasn't simply due to my limited perspective. I knew my parents as fully formed adults, not as sixteen year old nitwits. My dad was thirty when I was born. In the thirty years since I graduated HS, I've become much more curious about the world around me. I love to read (something I almost never did in school) about a wide variety of subjects from science to history. I'm hesitant to say I'm smarter than I was at eighteen, but I think I'm more well rounded.
     
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