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1912 Eighth Grade Examination [Pic]

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.

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Date: 08/10/13 11:20 AM

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  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    August 10, 2013 at 11:12 am
    Link: 1912 Eighth Grade Examination - An interesting look at education 101 years ago. Could you pass it? Answers provided in the credits link below.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    August 10, 2013 at 11:25 am
    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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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2013 at 11:36 am
    most of it i knew. the history is a little irrelevant tho... what president was impeached and on what charge? Bill Clinton for perjury!
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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
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    August 10, 2013 at 11:39 am
    This should be used for a challenge. The average score of whites vs. the average score of blacks and whomever loses has to shut up about inequality.
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    spbm02 Male 18-29
    30 posts
    August 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm
    @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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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    @spbm02 bit of sarcasm there.

    the name the largest states in the US wouldnt have the same answer now either.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    August 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    wow, kids knew proper sh it then
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    August 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    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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    FredSpudman Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm
    @oneoffonoffon Silly man.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm
    This is incredibly racist and insensitive. I`m offended.
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    Zismo Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    I bet they also had beautiful penmanship.
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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
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    August 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    Tis true. Maybe I didn`t see enough kittens this week?
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm
    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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    TheZigRat Male 50-59
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    August 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    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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    Barnk Male 30-39
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    August 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm
    I learned about kalsomine!
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    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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    obhwfgirl Female 18-29
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    August 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm
    No science? drat 1912!
  18. Profile photo of Xprez
    Xprez Male 30-39
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    August 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm
    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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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm
    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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    carmium Female 50-59
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    August 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm
    And just how long did 1912 kids have to complete this monster?!
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    soundman655 Male 50-59
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    August 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    Damn hard
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    August 10, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    Im Impressed.. Im doing it, just because i can.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    August 11, 2013 at 2:38 am
    I first saw `eneeavor` in the spelling section. A quick googling of the word brought the following:

    Bullitt Country History

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    DutchWeed Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2013 at 2:55 am
    This is easy....
    and english is my fourth language....
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 7:16 am
    @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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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    August 11, 2013 at 10:49 am
    I only talk Americanized English, Bitch!
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    August 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    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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    erikthevikin Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm
    I could do it.
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    i-am-evil Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm
    I guess it goes without saying, but the vast majority of eighth graders today could not pass this.
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    kathismee Female 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm
    I think endeavor is misspelled in the spelling part.
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    ChainsawNbud Male 50-59
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    August 12, 2013 at 6:44 am
    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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    NNoamfer Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm
    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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