Can You Pass an 8th Grade Test from 1912?

Aug 13, 2013 Full story: politix.topix.com 1,072

This exam was taken by middle schoolers in Bullitt County, Kentucky. The real test contained 58 questions and wasn't multiple choice.

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nanana

West Liberty, KY

#1232 Nov 15, 2013
thats a funny
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>Not if you want a career in making moonshine.
Tween the Rivers

La Fayette, KY

#1233 Nov 16, 2013
nanana wrote:
thats a funny
<quoted text>
How many people today actually know, from personal knowledge without having to look it up on the internet, how to build a still and make moonshine?
where is this test

Hoboken, NJ

#1234 Nov 16, 2013
Where can I take this test?
Me to

Greenville, KY

#1235 Nov 16, 2013
I would like to see it too
U Lazy

La Fayette, KY

#1236 Nov 16, 2013
Me to wrote:
I would like to see it too
You must be awfully lazy or awfully inept. It is easy enough to find.

http://bullittcountyhistory.org/bullitthistor...
sounds

West Liberty, KY

#1237 Nov 16, 2013
easy
TopMod15 wrote:
Not as easy as it sounds

Since: Oct 13

United States

#1240 Nov 16, 2013
I would say that 90% of kentuckians could not pass a 8th grade test
Kentucky

Greenville, KY

#1245 Nov 17, 2013
We're getting much better. Moving on up.
Tough

Greenville, KY

#1246 Nov 17, 2013
I've seen these kind of tests and they are not easy!!!
kinfolk

West Liberty, KY

#1247 Nov 17, 2013
where is the test at?
kinfolk

West Liberty, KY

#1248 Nov 17, 2013
where is the test?
Tough

Greenville, KY

#1249 Nov 17, 2013
Scroll up to u lazy post
tbone

Jackson, KY

#1251 Nov 18, 2013
i just looked at the test that to much reading for me
kyle18

Akron, OH

#1252 Nov 18, 2013
i bet no ky wildcat player could pass the test
ShutUp

Owensboro, KY

#1254 Nov 18, 2013
No one from 1912 can figure out how to get on Topix, Facebook or use my iPhone. Most had never seen an airplane unless you're talking about some grainy black and white photo of the Wright Bros. contraption from 1903. They had no idea about a television. They're the stupid ones, not us.
Barge Man

La Fayette, KY

#1255 Nov 18, 2013
ShutUp wrote:
No one from 1912 can figure out how to get on Topix, Facebook or use my iPhone. Most had never seen an airplane unless you're talking about some grainy black and white photo of the Wright Bros. contraption from 1903. They had no idea about a television. They're the stupid ones, not us.
Think you're so smart, take this test to graduate from the Eighth Grade in Kansas in 1895

English Grammar (Time 1 hour)

1. Give the nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define: Verse, Stanz and Paragraph.
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give the 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.
Barge Man

La Fayette, KY

#1256 Nov 18, 2013
Arithmetic (Time 1 hour 30 minutes)

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 pounds, what is it worth at 50 cts. 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 6,720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 per cent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per in.?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 per cent.
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 the events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849 and1865.

Orthography (Time 1 hour 30 minutes)

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, 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 divided 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, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time 1 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: A territory in northwest Canada between Alaska and British Columbia, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and 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.

Physiology (Time 45 minutes)

1. Where are the saliva, gastric juice, and bile secreted? What is the use of each in digestion?
2. How does nutrition reach the circulation?
3. What is the function of the liver? Of the kidneys?
4. How would you stop the flow of blood from an artery in case of laceration?
5. Give some general directions that you think would be beneficial to preserve the human body in a state of health.
Tough

Greenville, KY

#1257 Nov 18, 2013
Like I said earlier, hard stuff!!!
Barge Man

La Fayette, KY

#1258 Nov 18, 2013
ShutUp wrote:
No one from 1912 can figure out how to get on Topix, Facebook or use my iPhone. Most had never seen an airplane unless you're talking about some grainy black and white photo of the Wright Bros. contraption from 1903. They had no idea about a television. They're the stupid ones, not us.
From the Hopkinsville Kentuckian newspaper of Jan. 4, 1912

On January 1, 1912 Charles Lockwood piloted an aeroplane built by Judge C. O. Prowse of Hopkinsville for the first time. Lockwood took off from a farmer’s pasture field somewhere near Hopkinsville, climbed to an altitude of 65 feet, flew 4 1/2 miles, and landed safely.

Judge Prowse hoped to start an aeroplane factory and flying school in Hopkinsville. He said,“my hope is to make Hopkinsville the center of aviation… It is my purpose, provided I can get the support of Hopkinsville and Christian County, to immediately begin the construction of a passenger type machine, for the purpose of taking up students in Aviation and teaching them the secret of flying…”

But for bad luck or fate, Hopkinsville might have been what Wichita became to aviation, and Prowse Aviation, not Boeing, might be America’s airplane maker today.

Now, "Shutup" let's see you sit down with a few tools and MAKE that iPhone that you're so smart that you know how to use.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn8606...
Historical Society

Hopkinsville, KY

#1259 Nov 19, 2013
ShutUp wrote:
No one from 1912 can figure out how to get on Topix, Facebook or use my iPhone. Most had never seen an airplane unless you're talking about some grainy black and white photo of the Wright Bros. contraption from 1903. They had no idea about a television. They're the stupid ones, not us.
Goes to show how arrogantly ignorant young people are today. Charles O. Prowse actually opened his airplane factory in the Cooper warehouse building on 11th Street. In the spring of 1912 he had completed two airplanes, working on a third, and giving flying lessons. By the summer of 1912 there were enough young men in Hopkinsville involved in flying to form their own chapter of the Aero Club.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn8606...

Further, the Prowse "military" airplane was a surprisingly modern looking machine, far ahead of the Wright brothers or the British Bristol "Boxkite" types. In fact, it looked very like the British Royal Aircraft Factory's BE2a, the first military aircraft purchased by the British army. Its layout was the same as tht of the biplane fighters that fought in World War I.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn8606...

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