POSTED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 10:15pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 10:04am
OK, it’s time to play, “Are you smarter than an 8th grader…in 1912.”
Let me tell you right up front, you’re not.
This is a comprehensive exam from 1912.
It was meant for 8th grade children in Kentucky.
And some of the questions would stump a 21st century college student.
A man sold a watch for $180 and lost 16⅔%. What was the cost of the watch?
Uh…well the answer is $216.09, of course.
How long a rope is required to reach from the top of a building 40 ft. high, to the ground 30 ft. from the base of the building?
That would require the Pythagorian Theorum. You do of course remember the Pythagorium Theorum?
Then there’s English.
How many parts of speech are there? Define each.
Of course it’s - Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, Preposition, Conjunction, 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, South China Sea.
Name and give the capitals of States touching the Ohio River.
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% of all U.S. 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 a third of all U.S. high school students did not know that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
Only 14% know who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
It just shows how far we’ve come in 101 years, or rather, how much ground we’ve lost.
Follow this link to see the test and the answers...