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    michaelmaltby Well-Known Member

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    #1 michaelmaltby, Oct 17, 2013
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    AN 8TH GRADE EDUCATION IN 1895*

    8th Grade Final Exam:
    Salina, KS, 1895

    Grammar (Time, one hour)

    1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
    2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
    3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
    4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of “lie”, “play”, 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.

    Arithmetic (Time, 65 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 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, 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 the cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
    6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
    7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per meter?
    8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
    9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of 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 events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865.

    Orthography (Time, one hour)

    1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, and
    syllabication.
    2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
    3. What are the following, and give examples of each: tri-graph, sub vocal, diphthong, cognate
    letters, and lingual.
    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-, and sup-.
    8. Mark diacritically and divide 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, vain, vein,
    raze, raise, rays.
    10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical
    marks and by syllabication.

    Geography (Time, one 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, 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.
     
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    The rules of grammar may tax the youth of today :)
    Good post.
     
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    I have a VERY strong feeling of traction being applied to my lower appendage. Under US History #1 :an epoch is an instant in time chosen as the origin of a particular era. The "epoch" then serves as a reference point from which time is measured. Time measurement units are counted from the epoch. Each calendar era starts from an arbitrary epoch, which is often chosen to commemorate an important historical or mythological event. The epoch of the anno Domini (AD) calendar era is the birth of Jesus. Which, due to a Roman calendar without leap years was off by 4 years at the time
     
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    My mom still has her mothers McGuffey Readers and the 8th grade book is definitely high school level.
     
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    History #1

    "... an epoch is an instant in time chosen as the origin of a particular era. The "epoch" then serves as a reference point from which time is measured. Time measurement units are counted from the epoch. Each calendar era starts from an arbitrary epoch, which is often chosen to commemorate an important historical or mythological event. The epoch of the anno Domini (AD) calendar era is the birth of Jesus."

    Is that your answer, then?

    :)
     
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    Nope, anwer is not possible since there are no epochs in American History. Important dates, 1776 for example, which gave us the Bicentenial in 1976 but I would not term 1776 an epoch. Or 1 Jan 1863 when Lincoln mythologically freed the slaves
     
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    I wonder when boobs started being referred to as McGuffies, was it Klinger in Mash? or before??
     
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    "...wonder when boobs started being referred to as McGuffies, was it Klinger in Mash? or before??"


    My guess is that 'modest' school girls used to hold their text book (McGuffey) across their chest and the term caught on ...
     
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    How do you know that they were 'modest', due to study of the subjects in question, or lack of aforementioned studies of handed homework, or.....were that the time when these 'modest' subjects were studied?
     
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    My guess is that 'flirtatious' school girls used to hold their text book (McGuffey) across their chest and the term caught on ...

    There, Lucky, fixed it
     
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    #12 silence, Oct 21, 2013
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    a boob by any other name is still a boob, and will feel as sweet (sorry, Bill...)

    back on topic: I wonder how many of the "correct" answers at the time would still be correct today - especially the geography ones?
     
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    Boobs are still geographically round....ish in shape, so that one is still good, I think....
     
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    I would suspect 5 and 7 have changed. I recognized about 1/2 the place names. Not to sure about 5 though I suspect the major trading centers have remained constant. Other than that the remainder should be unchanged
     
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    :shock: No wonder an 8th grade education back in day got you somewhere.
     
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