Can you pass an 8th grade test from 1912?

Can you pass an 8th grade test from 1912?

POSTED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 11:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 12:15pm

OK, it’s time to play, “Are you smarter than an eighth grade in 1912.”

Let me tell you right up front, you’re not. This is a comprehensive exam from 1912 and was meant for eighth grade children in Kentucky. And some of the questions would stump a 21st century college student.

For example:

A man sold a watch for $180 and lost 16⅔%. What was the cost of the watch?

Well, the answer is $216.09, of course.

How long of a rope is required to reach from the top of a building 40-feet-high, to the ground 30 feet from the base of the building?

That would require the Pythagorean Theorem. You do, of course, remember the Pythagorean Theorem?

Then there’s English.

How many parts of speech are there? Define each.

Of course it’s, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, Preposition, Conjunction and Interjection.

Geography? Through what waters would a vessel pass in going from England through the Suez Canal to Manila?

The English Channel, the North Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, Strait of Gibraltar, Mediterranean Sea, Suez Canal, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden/Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea.

And then, there’s History. Four Presidents were assassinated, but which ones simply died in office?

It’s Harrison, Taylor and Roosevelt.

During what wars were the following battles fought: Brandywine, Great?

Describe the battle of Quebec. Give the cause of the War of 1812. By whom were the following settled: Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida?

Define the following forms of government: Democracy, Limited Monarchy, Absolute Monarchy, Republic. Give examples of each.

Name three rights given Congress by the Constitution and two rights denied Congress.

And frankly, these aren’t even the toughest questions.

Today, it’s a bit sad. Only 43 percent of all United States high school students knew that the Civil War was fought some time between 1850 and 1900.

More than a quarter of all U.S. high school students thought that Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage after the year 1750. Approximately one-third of all U.S. high school students did not know that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and only 14 percent know who wrote the Declaration of Independence.

It just shows how far we’ve come in 101 years, or rather and how much ground we’ve lost.

Visit the following link to see the test and the answers:


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