A 1912 eighth grade exam was recently donated to the Bullitt County History Museum in Kentucky, and the posting of the exam questions online is causing quite a stir, reports the Inquisitr on Aug. 12.
Who wouldn’t want to make a comparison and see what young kids were learning about over 100 years ago? More importantly, do we think we could ace the exam?
David Lee Strange, a volunteer at the museum, said, “For us, this is just fascinating. It puts us in the mindset of 1912.”
According to the Inquisitr, “the exam covers eight subjects: reading, spelling, arithmetic, grammar, physiology, history, government and geography.”
Are you smarter than a century old eighth grader? Let’s find out:
1. Spell out these numbers: .00003, .5764, 43.37
2. Solve: 35.7, plus 4
3. Solve: At $1.62 1/2 a cord, what will be the cost of a pile of wood 24 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 6 feet 3 inches high?
1. What is a personal noun?
2. Define common noun, proper noun.
3. Adjectives have how many degrees of comparison? Compare good; wise; beautiful.
1. Locate Erie Canal; what waters does it connect, and why is it important?
2. Locate the following countries which border each other: Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, and Romania.
3. Locate these cities: Mobile, Quebec, Buenos Aires, Liverpool, Honolulu.
1. How does the liver compare in size with other glands in the human body? Where is it located? What does it secrete?
2. Define Cerebrum and Cerebellum.
3. Where is the chief nervous center of the body?
1. Name and define the three branches of government in the United States.
2. Give three duties of the President. What is meant by the veto power?
3. Name three rights given Congress by the Constitution and two rights denied Congress.
1. Who first discovered the following places: Florida, Pacific Ocean, Miss (Mississippi) River, St. Lawrence River?
2. Describe the battle of Quebec.
3. Name two Presidents who have died in office and three who were assassinated.
These are not easy. No multiple choice here, and for the most part, the questions and answers would still be the same today, and have equal relevance. I know you’re looking for the answers. Head over to the Bullitt County History website to see how you did.
If you’re brave enough, post your results below. (And I will think about doing the same!)
Update… The Bullitt County website is slow. (Too many of us checking our scores no doubt.) If you can’t get on the site, try again later. The answers are much too lengthy to post here.