An Eighth Grade Education in 1895
Remember when our
stated that they had
This is the eighth-grade
final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas. It
from the original document on file at the Smokey
Society and Library in Salina, Kansas, and
the Salina Journal.
(Time, one hour)
Give nine rules for the use of Capital
Name the Parts of Speech and define
those that have no modifications.
Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
What are the Principal Parts of a verb?
Give Principal Parts of lie, lay and run.
Define Case, illustrate each Case.
What is Punctuation? Give rules for
principal marks of punctuation.
Write a composition of about 150 words
and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules
Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)
Name and define the Fundamental Rules
A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet
long, and 3 ft. wide.
How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs.,
what is it worth at
50cts/bushel, deducting 1050lbs. for tare?
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?
Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00
Find the interest of $512.60 for 8
months and 18 days
at 7 percent.
What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches
wide and 16 ft.
long at $20 per meter?
Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days,
no grace, at 10
What is the cost of a square farm at
$15 per acre, the
distance around which is 640
Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note,
and a Receipt.
U. S. History (Time, 45 minutes)
Give the epochs into which U. S.
History is divided.
Give an account of the discovery of
Relate the causes and results of the
Show the territorial growth of the
Tell what you can of the history of
Describe three of the most prominent
battles of the Rebellion.
Who were the following: Morse, Whitney,
Fulton, Bell, Lincoln,
Penn, and Howe?
Name events connected with the
following dates: 1607, 1620,1800, 1849, 1865.
Orthography (Time, one hour)
What is meant by the following:
Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
What are elementary sounds? How
What are the following, and give
examples of each:
Trigraph, sub vocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.
Give two rules for spelling words with
final 'e.' Name two
exceptions under each rule.
Give two uses of silent letters in
spelling. Illustrate each.
Define the following prefixes and use
in connection with
a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
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.
Use the following correctly in
sentences: cite, site, sight,
fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
Write ten words frequently
mispronounced and indicate
pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.
Geography (Time, one hour)
What is climate? Upon what does climate
How do you account for the extremes of
climate in Kansas?
Of what use are rivers? Of what use is
Describe the mountains of North
Name and describe the following:
Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan
Fernandez, Aspinwall & Orinoco.
Name and locate the principal trade
centers of the U.S.
Name all the republics of Europe and
give the capital of each.
Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than
the Pacific in the same latitude?
Describe the process by which the water
of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
Describe the movements of the earth.
Give the inclination of the earth.
Could any of us have passed the eight grade in 1895? I even had to look
up the meaning of
Also notice that the exam took five hours
Gives the saying
only had an eighth grade education”
a whole new meaning, doesn't it?
What happened to us? It is kind of