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```Remember when our grandparents or great-
education? ```
```This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895
Salina, Kansas, USA.  It was taken from the
original document on file at the Smokey Valley
Genealogical Society and Library in Salina,
Kansas and reprinted  in the Salina Journal. ```
`8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas, 1895 `
```After reading this, ask yourself, could any young
In fact, could any high school senior pass this
test.```
```I think you will agree that there has been a definite
dummying down of our education system over the
last 100 years. And why? That's meat for another
essay. For now, look at the test and ask yourself,
could you answer these questions and pass.```
`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 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. ```
`ARITHMETIC (TIME, 1.25 HOURS) `
```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 50 cts.  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 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 around 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, 1849,1865. ```
`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, sub vocals, 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, 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. (omitted in the copy your UE received)
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 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
inclination of the earth. ```
```This gives the saying of an early 20th century
```It also makes a mockery of our local school
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