TAKE A 1912 8TH GRADE TEST: IT'S HARD!
You think school is tough now? Ha! You should have been in eighth grade in 1912 in Bullitt County, Kentucky. Students then were taught in a one-room schoolhouse, and once or twice a year they were required to go to the county courthouse and take what was called the "Common Exam." A copy of the exam was recently donated to the Bullitt County History Museum, which has published it so we can all take it and answer this question: Are you smarter than an eighth grader in 1912? Here is a sampling of just some of the questions:
1. Write in words the following:
2. Solve: 37-7, plus 4
3. Solve: At $1.62 1/2 a cord, what will be the cost of a pile of wood 24 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 6 feet 3 inches high?
1. Diagram: The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.
2. Define proper noun, common noun. Name the properties of a noun.
3. Adjectives have how many degrees of comparison? Compare good; wise; beautiful.
Geography (a map was provided)
1. Locate Erie Canal. What waters does it connect, and why it is important?
2. Locate the following countries which border each other: Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Romania.
3. Locate these cities: Mobile, Quebec, Buenos Aires, Liverpool, Honolulu.
1. How does the liver compare in size with other glands in the human body? Where is it located? What does it secrete?
2. Define Cerebrum and Cerebellum.
3. Where is the chief nervous center of the body?
1. Name and define the three branches of government in the United States.
2. Give three duties of the President. What is meant by the veto power?
3. Name three rights given Congress by the Constitution and two rights denied Congress.
1. Who first discovered the following places: Florida, Pacific Ocean, Miss (Mississippi) River, St. Lawrence River?
2. Describe the battle of Quebec.
3. Name two Presidents who have died in office: three who were assassinated.
Spelling (words read aloud by the teacher):
Exaggerate, incentive, conscious, pennyweight, chandelier, patient, potential, creature, participate, authentic, bequeath, diminish, genuine, vinegar, incident, monotony, hyphen, antecedent, autumn, hideous, relieve, conceive, control, symptom, rhinoceros, adjective, partial, musician, architect, exhaust, diagram, endeavor, scissors, associate, saucepan, benefit, masculine, synopsis, circulate, eccentric.
No need for the answer key, you had all of the answers. Right?