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Passing 8th grade in 1895


A friend sent me this and I think you will find it VERY interesting….

What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895…
Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?
This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , Kansas , USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina , and reprinted by the Salina Journal.
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,1 hour 15 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 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 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 6,720 lbs. of 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 metre?
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, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)
[Do we even know what this is??]
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.’ (HUH?)
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 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. 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.

Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete.. Could you have passed?
Gives the saying ‘he only had an 8th grade education’ a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?!
No wonder they dropped out after 8th grade.  They already knew more than they needed to know!
No, I don’t have the answers!  And I don’t think I ever did!
Have fun with this…pass it on so we’re not the only ones who feel stupid!!!

Best of the Blogs?

Well I think I better go on to something else besides life in the “40s Only” – maybe one of these days I will find a subject that a bunch of people like to read. I don’t ever plan to have a site like some of my blogger friends with 89 comments per post!!! I think I would just faint. I blog with some people who are really neat bloggers. My friend “the Retired one” as she calls herself at (the Retirement Chronicles) – she is a fantastic photographer and has the most beautiful photos on her site. You really must stop by and look at her pictures. I have saved a bunch of them and use them as Desktop Backgrounds.

Then there is another friend, Judy, who lives in Kentucky and has a great blog “Living on the Other side of the Hill
– AND she has another blog called “The Southern Lady Cooks“, and let me tell you, you will gain 10 lbs just looking at the things she has on that site. I keep telling her she needs to do a recipe book. Gosh this lady can COOK!!

Then there is Marissa, who never wants to grow up and says “I intend to live forever, so far so good”. She will certainly make you tired just looking at her riding a push scooter or doing a cart wheel. She calls her blog “WhaHappen? or Surviving adulthood for the kid at heart” – and she is bound to make your day a little more fun and give you a good laugh.

Joanna will fill your reading with something that will make you chuckle at her blog she calls “The Fifty Factor” . How she can come up with such fun, I don’t know. Wish I had her writing ability.

If you are a theatre lover and want some good reads from a community theatre actor, check out Preston Brooks and his blog called “Me and the Blue Skies“. He’s always going out to eat at the neatest places so take notes if you are back East sometime.

Now if the 70s are your thing, Joe has you covered with his blog “70s-Child“. He has a treasure trove of pictures, trivia and information from the 70s. Now who doesn’t have memories from the 70s?

Jude posts her blog like a daily journal which reads like a good novel. in “Brighton the Corner Where You Are” -as she puts it nonsensical thoughts, emotional days, fears and worries and the normal day-to-day in this unfinished woman’s life. Check in and read how she is doing with her new hip.

To finish this post off I want you to look into my son’s blog “Curtis D. Tucker, that sneaker wearing entrepreneurial cartoonist internet guy” -who is the best Dad in the world and probably the funniest person I know. When he tells you of his lunches with his two “crumb crunchers” or an outing with “hot wife” you are bound to wish you could have him for a son. He is the person who warms everyone’s heart and gets their day started with some neat information and a usually a good laugh, on his Facebook.

These are only a few of the nice people who are my blog friends and if you don’t have any blog friends, you are sure to want some after checking out these sites. Make yourself a free blog, let me know your site and lets be friends!

40s Fads, Inventions and Flying Saucers

When my son did a 70s fads list on his blog I thought now is a good time to put my 40s list together. I would bet there are some things on this list that will amaze you, having been invented in the 40s.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with table side juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning (there were only 3 channels – if you were fortunate)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S& H Green Stamps

16. Hi-fi’s
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys

22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers
26. two piece bikini
27. the Jitterbug
28. the first jet engine
29. Stuart Little was written in the 40s
30. Slinky
31. Moving to the suburbs
32. Bubble gum blowing contests
33. flying saucers
34. Tutti-frutti
35. Zoot suit
36. Atomic Bomb
37. The Wurlitzer Jukebox
38. The First All Electric Computer
39. The United Nations
40. NATO
41. Aerosol Spray Cans
42. Microwave Oven
43. Cake Mix
44. Tupperware
45. Velcro
46. Dairy Queen and Carl’s Jr.
47. old buddy “Kilroy” peeking over the wall
48. Color tv
49. Frisbee
50. Red Ryder BB Gun

I had a query on what were P F Flyers:

PF Flyers are a brand of athletic shoes that are currently manufactured by New Balance. They were first produced by BF Goodrich in 1937. They had popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, but lost steam during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The brand was purchased by Converse in 1972, but later sold off due to antitrust issues. New Balance bought the rights to the brand in 2001 (which had been dormant since 1992) and resurrected it in 2003.
The style most commonly associated with the shoe is the common canvas-duck sneaker, with cloth reaching above the ankle, and a patch that reads “PF Flyers.” This common style is called “Center Hi”. They are very similar to the Chuck Taylor All-Stars manufactured by Converse.

This will blow your mind….

Members of Congress work 128 days or less per year and an average of 7.4 hours per day. Rank-and-file members of the House and Senate make $174,000 per year. Based on the average American 52-week year, that amounts to $669 per day but calculated on Congress’ 128-day year, lawmakers are taking home twice the daily pay — $1,359 per day – for about half the working time.

Based on a normal 40-hour work week, lawmakers make $84 per hour. But figuring on their actual 37-hour workweek, they make $90 per hour.

Gov. Bobby Jindal says the United States would be better off if members of Congress spent less time in Washington and feels U.S. lawmakers should work part-time, be term-limited and not allowed to become lobbyists once they leave Congress.

Top 24 Adult Truths

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.
13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.
18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
22. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
24. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

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