So You Think You’re So Well-Educated!?

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(Ed. Note: What follows has been authenticated and published by several major newspapers, including USA Today.)

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS - 1895

Grammar

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.  Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic

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 50 cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs?

U.S. History

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.

Orthography

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.

Geography

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?

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 and, no, I don’t have the answers! (The above in italics accompanied the article when published in USA Today.)

 

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