Monday, February 4, 2008

Eighth grade, final exam

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Students, please put away your books now and get ready to take your exam.
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Eighth Grade, Final Exam

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, lay, and run.
5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
7. 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 50 cts/bushel, 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 meter?
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, 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, sub vocals, 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.
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 & 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.
Time's up, boys and girls. Please hand in your papers now.

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See the students in this photo? They lived in a different town, but they passed a similar test and ... look ... now they are ready to graduate! I present to you the Class of 1895.

This is kind of humbling, isn't it? This gives the saying "I only had an eighth grade education" a whole new meaning, doesn't it? Notice that exam took five hours to complete.

Now, are you ready to take the test? If you are, then please choose any ONE (or two or three) that you feel qualified to answer and either type your answer into the comments section of this post or email it to Bonnie at emerging dot paradigm at yahoo dot com. If you are feeling especially educated today, try for at least one out of each section. What, you need to look up "orthography" before you start? Oh, okay, permission granted.
* The first photo is from New Hampshire, 1895.
* The second is the class of 1895 in Lombard, Illinois.
* The test is the eighth grade final exam from Salina, Kansas, USA in 1895, taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.


Dewey said...

You should not let people look up orthography! They should at the very least be able to look at the two parts of the word and figure it out!

But wow, I'd need the 45 minutes just to write the answer about the Revolutionary War. Unless they just had a list they'd memorized or something!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Okay, Dewey, so you know the meaning of the word "orthography." (Does anyone else know it?) But you didn't take the exam ... or at least, not yet. I'll let you do a shortened version of your Revolutionary War answer, if you like. See how easy I am?

1morechapter said...

Both of my grandfathers only had an 8th grade education, and I KNOW they both knew a heckuva lot more than many of today's seniors and some of today's college graduates.

CJ said...

Yeah, right. And here I've been thinking I was reasonable well educated.

Good grief.


Anonymous said...

Talk about a tough exam. I would certainly need help with some of that. I think I'd better brush up on some of my reading. Haha!