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Date: 11/18/04 11:47 PM

37 Responses to 19th Century 8th Grade Test

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    buddy Male 30-39
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    November 18, 2004 at 11:47 pm
    Link: 19th Century 8th Grade Test - Could you pass the 8th grade in 1895?

    :-)

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    Btrfly701 Female 18-29
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    November 18, 2004 at 11:52 pm
    wow, they don`t even teach those things in my classes at LSU.
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    Tom876 Male 13-17
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    November 18, 2004 at 11:53 pm
    why would you need to know 9 uses for capital letters lol :)
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    Osprey39 Male 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 12:10 am
    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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    cahalla Female 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 12:47 am
    I`m in college and I still would have failed that :-\
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    Malletman Male 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 1:51 am
    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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    JLiu Female 30-39
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    November 19, 2004 at 2:17 am
    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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    splunge Female 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 2:27 am
    http://www.snopes.com/language/document/...
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    gizmo331 Male 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 2:29 am
    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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    gizmo331 Male 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 2:31 am
    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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    gizmo331 Male 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 2:40 am
    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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    pegasus Female 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 3:19 am
    SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!
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    donot Male 30-39
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    November 19, 2004 at 3:24 am
    anyway
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    kobraski Female 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 6:15 am
    wt....f?
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    spanky77 Male 30-39
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    November 19, 2004 at 9:21 am
    "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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    Cindy75 Female 30-39
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    November 19, 2004 at 9:34 am
    lol @ spanky77. I didnt know alot of those things. Me feel dumm now.
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    eRiCaBot Female 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 10:18 am
    i could totally b.s. my way through that...but i bet they`d be pretty strict markers...
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    A1Andrew Male 50-59
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    November 19, 2004 at 11:16 am
    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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    Cindy75 Female 30-39
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    November 19, 2004 at 12:17 pm
    I like snopes. Thats a cool site.
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    one__eye Female 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 1:11 pm
    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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    flovebunny Female 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 1:49 pm
    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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    scuzzy Male 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 2:01 pm
    "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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    angrymonkey Female 13-17
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    November 19, 2004 at 3:31 pm
    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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    HOBYandy Male 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 4:10 pm
    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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    shortone_ Female 18-29
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    November 19, 2004 at 5:30 pm
    Holy Mother of God........That test is over 5 hours long!
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    jlconran07 Male 13-17
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    November 19, 2004 at 6:19 pm
    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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    workin4jesus Male 13-17
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    November 19, 2004 at 11:02 pm
    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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    emolita Female 13-17
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    November 20, 2004 at 12:30 am
    Whoa! I used to live in Salina Kansas!
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    SuperMcCgirl Female 13-17
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    November 20, 2004 at 12:41 am
    I know a lot of the English questions because I was forced to learn that stuff.
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    SuperMcCgirl Female 13-17
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    November 20, 2004 at 12:42 am
    Since I am homeschooled.
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    loomer Male 13-17
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    November 20, 2004 at 12:46 pm
    good god that is way too tough
    did they really expect kids to pass that
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    gizmo331 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2004 at 3:41 pm
    scuzzy, that`s exactly what the question is asking. and i only provided a partial answer to save space.
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    gizmo331 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2004 at 3:46 pm
    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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    gizmo331 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2004 at 3:49 pm
    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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    eastsiderepp Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2004 at 11:35 am
    Silly 19th century schoolchildren.
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    valgal Female 30-39
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    November 22, 2004 at 12:10 pm
    wow what a diffcult test
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    Nneri Female 13-17
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    November 24, 2004 at 10:44 pm
    OMG that`s fricking impossible!!! Soooo glad I didn`t live then!

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