1912 Eighth Grade Examination [Pic]

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 3 years ago in Misc


This copy of the Eighth Grade Exam for Bullitt County Schools in 1912 was donated to the Bullitt County History Museum. Obviously it tested some things that were more relevant at that time than now.

Note that there are several typesetting mistakes on the test including a mistake in the spelling list. The word "eneeavor" should be "endeavor."



For Question #5


An interesting look at education 101 years ago. Could you pass it? Answers provided in the credits link below.
Credits: ANSWERS HERE
There are 30 comments:
Male 1,216
So we measure intelligence by the ability to memorize and then forget everything a couple of years later? We have an educational system that is a competition for the best grade, with no actual focus on enriching the kids.
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Male 741
An idiot like Obama got elected twice because he`s less of an idiot than the candidates selected by the Republican Party.
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Female 32
I think endeavor is misspelled in the spelling part.
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Male 510
I guess it goes without saying, but the vast majority of eighth graders today could not pass this.
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Male 757
I could do it.
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Male 2,085
There is hardly a high-schooler in America that could pass that. And that is why an idiot like Obama can get elected twice.
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Male 3,475
I only talk Americanized English, Bitch!
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Male 625
@DutchWeed:
pretty smug, aren`t ya?

I am Dutch as well and I`m guessing that English is actually your 2nd language and you happen to speak German and French as well.

And of course this should be easy for someone who is 18-29... it`s made for an eightgrader (in 1912 mind you, but an eightgrader nevertheless).
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Male 92
This is easy....
and english is my fourth language....
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Male 5,874
I first saw `eneeavor` in the spelling section. A quick googling of the word brought the following:

Bullitt Country History

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Male 25,416
Im Impressed.. Im doing it, just because i can.
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Male 1,558
Damn hard
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Female 6,381
And just how long did 1912 kids have to complete this monster?!
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Male 2,578
Education to the 8th grade was a rather normal attainment. Not universal, but not exceptional either. My own farm-raised North Dakota Grandpa from the 1920`s only completed until the 8th grade. But you also have to take into account that 8th grade then doesn`t translate to 8th grade now.

Point is - kids are dumb today for a reason. Even with smaller class sizes.
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Male 676
Yeah I see people post these things from time to time. What you have to remember is the small percentage of people that actually went to school, much less made it to the 8th grade.
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Female 582
No science? drat 1912!
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Male 1,931
This was also a time when going to school was far less common. It was usually reserved for the richest/brightest. School also wasn`t limited to 8 hours a day five days a week, it was more like 12 hours a day every day all year long.
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Male 486
I learned about kalsomine!
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Male 5,183
on History #2 theres not enough room to sketch anyone. In CG The US is NOt a democracy (read the Federalist Papers by Hamelton Madison And Jay) The US is a political Ollogarchy.
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Male 17,512
Numerous ways to answer several of those questions these days.

For instance one could use a Venn diagram to describe the "cheerful giver" question.
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Male 1,060
I bet they also had beautiful penmanship.
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Male 2,578
This is incredibly racist and insensitive. I`m offended.
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Male 653
@oneoffonoffon Silly man.
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Male 13,624
Theres again they didnt have to suffer surfing the net, facebooking and slagging off whoever didnt wear the latest thing,
hard work being the 21st century kid, ahem ...
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Male 13,624
wow, kids knew proper sh it then
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Male 2,605
@spbm02 bit of sarcasm there.

the [quote]name the largest states in the US[/quote] wouldnt have the same answer now either.
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Male 30
@Skypirate, If this was written in 1912, Bill Clinton hadn`t been President yet. The correct answer is Andrew Johnson for supposedly violating the Tenure of Office Act. Im a history teacher, I did get all those correct.
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Male 2,605
most of it i knew. the history is a little irrelevant tho...[quote] what president was impeached and on what charge? [/quote] Bill Clinton for perjury!
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Male 7,031
Eight-graders were expected to know how the liver compared in size to other glands in the human body? Now THAT`S learnin`!
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Female 8,044
Link: 1912 Eighth Grade Examination [Pic] [Rate Link] - An interesting look at education 101 years ago. Could you pass it? Answers provided in the credits link below.
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