8th grade test for 1895, repost but worth it- Try to take the test.

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  1. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

    Ithaca, MI
    8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas - 1895

    Is this a hoax or not? Some say maybe, but it is not, after further research.
    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.

    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 the 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."
  2. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member


  3. 1stpalindrone

    1stpalindrone New Member

    Denton, Texas
    C above :confused: I only know a small amount of this now, I couldnt imagine how little back then....
  4. olefin

    olefin New Member

    They don't agree, say it's a hoax.

    Even so, I sure couldn't pass it now or when I was in the 8th grade. :sad:

    My dad was in school in early 1900. From what he told me, school was much harder and stricter compared to the time I attended.... wow, and that has almost been a lifetime. :rolleyes:
  5. Rainman4u2

    Rainman4u2 Guest

    Where are the quantnum physics questions????

  6. Big Country01

    Big Country01 New Member

    what in the world is orthography?????
    and why is the alantic ocean colder than the pacific ocean at the same lattitude???
  7. delawareriver

    delawareriver Member

    bath pa
    actualy math and science has gotten much more advanced, im currently taking honor pre-cac and alg-3 and my grand parents and parents have no clue of the easier stuff we do not to mention the harder stuff we do that takes the calculators 30 seconds to calculate. yes i know alot of you didnt have calculators in school but we learn what the calculator is doing and taking it forther a few more steps.

    now english of corse has fallen dramaticaly. real english is almost none exsistent anymore.
    im glad punishment has gotten alot easier but then again i bet we wouldnt have hafe of the problems we have if we could be hit by the teacher, not to mention our on parents anymore.
  8. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

    Little Rock, AR
    I got a B.S. in 1964 in Business Management; I got a second B.S. in 1989 in Computer Science. I couldn't believe how much easier the courses were the second time around, even though they were supposed to be much harder.
  9. kbgrillin

    kbgrillin New Member

    I'm just tickeled to death that I graduated. (hope I spelled that right.)