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Feb 23rd, 2011, 05:47 PM
This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 from Salina, KS. USA.
It was taken from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley
Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS and reprinted by the
Salina Journal.

Arithmetic and Geography exams here

Grammar (Time, one hour)
[/B]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 do, lie, lay 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.

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 theRebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates:

Orthography (Time, one hour)
1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
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,super.
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.

Physiology (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Where are the saliva, gastric juice, and bile secreted? What is the use of each in digestion?
2. How does nutrition reach the circulation?
3. What is the function of the liver? Of the kidneys?
4. How would you stop the flow of blood from an artery in the case of a laceration?
5. Give some general directions that you think would be beneficial to preserve the human body in a state of health.

Feb 23rd, 2011, 06:20 PM
yes. I am certain I know more than him on current affairs.

Feb 23rd, 2011, 06:51 PM
Highschool is harder than College anyway.

Feb 23rd, 2011, 07:35 PM
^ are you serious

Feb 23rd, 2011, 09:51 PM
I'd struggle to answer some of those :rolls:

Crazy Canuck
Feb 23rd, 2011, 10:04 PM
Do they still teach grammar in the US (I am aware that particular exam is apparently dated 1895)? When I studied in Ontario in the 90's, they didn't really teach it any more. I'm not sure when they stopped. If the Internet is anything to go by (it never is), they should probably start it up again.

Crazy Canuck
Feb 23rd, 2011, 10:05 PM
Highschool is harder than College anyway.
It is in Japan and South Korea. It's certainly not in Canada or the US. I don't know about anywhere else.

Feb 23rd, 2011, 10:19 PM
Depends what course you are doing too, surely? Definitely not in the UK.

Feb 24th, 2011, 02:37 AM
It is in Japan and South Korea. It's certainly not in Canada or the US. I don't know about anywhere else.

Yes, in Taiwan you have to take a test to see which high school you are qualified to get into.

Feb 24th, 2011, 05:53 AM
I can answer the physiology questions... that's about it.

Feb 24th, 2011, 05:57 AM
Highschool is harder than College anyway.

Have you actually gone to college? :sobbing:

Anyway, I think I'd pass the test if it was in Estonian lol.

Feb 24th, 2011, 07:53 AM
I can answer the physiology questions... that's about it.

Yep, same. Only the physiology questions.