19th Century 8th Grade Test

Submitted by: buddy 12 years ago Misc
http://people.morehead-st.edu/fs/w.willis/eighthgrade.html

Could you pass the 8th grade in 1895?
There are 37 comments:
Female 992
OMG that`s fricking impossible!!! Soooo glad I didn`t live then!
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Female 666
wow what a diffcult test
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Male 2,620
Silly 19th century schoolchildren.
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Male 384
They can also be used in writing as a means to express when someone is shouting, yelling, or stressing a word or phrase by typing all caps.
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Male 384
Workin, today`s grammar schools generally sum up those 9 uses for capital letters by saying that you should capitalize `proper names.` You know, person, place, or thing etc, etc.
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Male 384
scuzzy, that`s exactly what the question is asking. and i only provided a partial answer to save space.
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Male 76
good god that is way too tough
did they really expect kids to pass that
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Female 331
Since I am homeschooled.
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Female 331
I know a lot of the English questions because I was forced to learn that stuff.
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Female 32
Whoa! I used to live in Salina Kansas!
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Male 132
good call jlconran...a lot of those units are no longer relevant....did ne1 find the 9 uses for capital letters im just curious...
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Male 87
I think everyone on this forum and on the internet in fact needs to be able to atleast score a 20% on the grammatical evaluation. As gizmo stated, one of the main reasons to study grammar is to let other people know that you aren`t a complete moron. Some were time period-specific, however. I was particularly confused by the arithmetic question:
"A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?"
I, personally, have never been told how large a bushel of anything is.
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Female 234
Holy Mother of God........That test is over 5 hours long!
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Male 3,060
i`d hope there are more questions on each section than that!!! that`s a really long time for so few questions!...unless, of course, they want an essay- which i doubt.
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Female 48
Outside of the US history, (which is crap to an English person, you learn about 200 years of history, most of us have learnt over 1500 years history)that is total piss. Isn`t eigth grade about 14 years old? I could have walked most of that when I was 10.
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Male 194
"Rivers and oceans were, and still are, vital to the world`s trade markets and global economy. They are also relied upon as a medium for transportation, but not so much today as they were 109 years ago. They are also used, rivers much more than oceans, as a means of converting their energy into electricity through hydroelectric power (although I`m not sure if that was available in 1895. I`d have to look it up)."

The question didn`t ask "what is the importance of rivers and oceans with regards to humanity`s quality of life". Oceans and rivers are also important because they: play a large role in carving up/building up the land to create animal habitats, they have control over the Earth`s climate, etc etc

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Female 406
Thanks for the link, splunge. The test could be real, but it`s not proof that education is declining. Click on his link!
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Female 49
I think that a lot of these things (most if ont all of them, really) were drilled into the student`s heads. Teaching methods have obviously changed since. It`s become more about thinking and less about knowing/memorizing.
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Female 790
I like snopes. Thats a cool site.
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Male 1
Sorry, but the test is bogus. http://www.snopes.com/language/document/...
However, as the site points out, standards for teachers seem to have been higher in some places.
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Female 1,004
i could totally b.s. my way through that...but i bet they`d be pretty strict markers...
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Female 790
lol @ spanky77. I didnt know alot of those things. Me feel dumm now.
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Male 6
"Give four substitutes for caret `u`."

1) potato `u`
2) onion `u`
3) parsnip `u`
4) corn `u`

...did I pass?

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Female 55
wt....f?
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Male 3
anyway
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Female 370
SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!
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Male 384
Osprey, that`s not really that vague when you think about it. They might say "Show the territorial growth of the United States." You might ask "from when to when?" They`d call you an idiot because since no time frames or other parameters are specified, you MUST assume that they want you to show the territorial growth of the United States over the entire period of its existence.
The other question isn`t that vague either since I can answer it quite easily. To be brief, I`ll provide one of many possible answers. Rivers and oceans were, and still are, vital to the world`s trade markets and global economy. They are also relied upon as a medium for transportation, but not so much today as they were 109 years ago. They are also used, rivers much more than oceans, as a means of converting their energy into electricity through hydroelectric power (although I`m not sure if that was available in 1895. I`d have to look it up).
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Male 384
Tom876, I can tell you one reason why you would need to know 9 uses for capital letters: So people don`t think you`re a dunce who failed grammar school, of all things.
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Male 384
The majority of this material is no longer relavent in today`s world. That`s why most people don`t know a lot of it. Still, it`s not bad information to have anyways.
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Female 863
Good thing I`m a girl. I don`t need no edgyeamcation. I can just stay bare foot and prego. Thank you very much.
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Male 679
Yeah, I thought the same as Osprey... A lot of those questions seem worded to be specifically for the use of a class that would have discussed that specifically and the teacher seems to be fishing for certain answers that one couldn`t get just by seeing the test.
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Female 961
I`m in college and I still would have failed that :-\
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Male 1,407
Some of these questions are so vague.

"Show the territorial growth of the United States."

"Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?"

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Male 405
why would you need to know 9 uses for capital letters lol :)
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Female 295
wow, they don`t even teach those things in my classes at LSU.
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Male 10,115
Link: 19th Century 8th Grade Test [Rate Link] - Could you pass the 8th grade in 1895?

:-)

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