This is simply scary and may explain why we are not the Brain Trust we once were  

dano6332 56M
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10/28/2005 3:27 pm

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This is simply scary and may explain why we are not the Brain Trust we once were

Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such 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, KS, USA. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.


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, lay and run.
5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)
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 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050lbs. 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
5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. 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 meter?
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 around 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, and 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)
1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, and syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, sub vocals, diphthong, cognate letters, and linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.
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 & Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. 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.

Also notice that the exam took five hours to complete.
Gives the saying "she/he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning, doesn't it?
What happened to us?

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
10/28/2005 5:10 pm

This went around our college (where I work) and none of the professors were able to fully answer these questions. It was a true hang-our-heads-in-shame day for all of us, LOL

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

kyplowboy22 61M

10/28/2005 5:28 pm

Hitches up overalls, puts cold biscuit in back pocket for lunch and pulls out for the old one room school house....maybe next year I can pass that dang ol' test. Sure hope so 'cause Pa cut me up somethin' fierce with that switch for failin' it this time. Later.


five_speed 41M

10/28/2005 9:00 pm

holy crap. I thought I was edjumacated until I read this here examunition.

tillerbabe 56F

10/28/2005 11:47 pm

My Mom made it only to the 8th grade, although she is not waht most of us would call "well educated" she has more intelligence and common sense than anyone else I know. She came from extreme poverty, she was picking cotton in Texas when she was 3, she lived through the depression, she painted blue stars on the fighter planes of WWII, she contracted tuberculosis after the birth of my older brother and was quarentined through his first 16 months of life, half of her left lung was removed due to this disease. Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation" - these were my parents. I encourage all of you to read this will never complain again about the simple things all of us take so much for granted. My MOM - shes' the strongest, smartest, most resourceful woman I know. I only wish I had her "eighth grade" education.

luckywithladeez 49M
266 posts
10/29/2005 5:12 am

Thanks for bringing up this urban myth, dano.

From the snopes urban legends reference page:

Claim: An 1895 graduation examination for public school students demonstrates a shocking decline in educational standards.

Status: False.

[insert dano6332's 8th GRADE FINAL EXAM]

Origins: This item, purportedly a final examination for graduating eighth grade students (or graduating high school students, depending upon which version you have) is of interest because it's supposed to be documentary evidence of how shockingly our educations have declined over the last century or so. Why, most adults couldn't muster a passing score on this test today, people think; that mere schoolkids were expected to pass it is proof that the typical school curriculum has been steeply "dumbed down" over the years, pundits claim:

[from Thomasson, 2001]

The object of this exercise was only to reveal what many of us have known for some time. The dumbing down of American public education over the past 100 years has been substantial, particularly in the last 50 years. When Great-grandma says she only had an eighth-grade education, don't smirk.

What nearly all these pundits fail to grasp is "I can't answer these questions" is not the same thing as "These questions demonstrate that students in earlier days were better educated than today's students." Just about any test looks difficult to those who haven't recently been steeped in the material it covers. If a 40-year-old can't score as well on a geography test as a high school student who just spent several weeks memorizing the names of all the rivers in South America in preparation for an exam, that doesn't mean the 40-year-old's education was woefully deficient -- it means the he simply didn't retain information for which he had no use, no matter how thoroughly it was drilled into his brain through rote memory some twenty-odd years earlier. I suspect I'd fail a lot of the tests I took back in high school if I had to re-take them today without reviewing the material beforehand. I certainly wouldn't be able to pass any arithmetic test that required me to be familiar with such arcane measurements as "rods" and "bushels," but I can still calculate areas and volumes just fine, thank you.

Ah, but this is high school (or even eighth grade) stuff, people say -- it's basic knowledge that everyone should remember and use. Nonsense. The questions on this exam don't reflect only items of "basic knowledge" -- many of the questions require the test-taker to have absorbed some very specialized information, and if today's students can't regurgitate all the same facts as their 1895 counterparts, it's because the types of knowledge we consider to be important have changed a great deal in the last century, not necessarily because today's students have sub-standard educations.

Consider: To pass this test, no knowledge of the arts is necessary (not even a nodding familiarity with a few of the greatest works of English literature), no demonstration of mathematical learning other than plain arithmetic is required (forget algebra, geometry, or trigonometry), nothing beyond a familiarity with the highlights of American history is needed (never mind the fundamentals of world history, as this exam scarcely acknowledges that any country other than the USA even exists), no questions about the history, structure, or function of the United States government are asked (not even the standard "Name the three branches of our federal government"), science is given a pass except for a few questions about geography and the rudiments of human anatomy, and no competence in any foreign language (living or dead) is necessary. An exam for today's high school graduates that omitted even one of these subjects would be loudly condemned by parents and educators alike, subjects about which the Salina, Kansas, students of 1895 needed know nothing at all. Would it be fair to say that the average Salina student was woefully undereducated because he failed to learn many of the things that we consider important today, but which were of little importance in his time and place? If not, then why do people keep asserting that the reverse is true? Why do journalists continue to base their gleeful articles about how much more was expected of the students of yesteryear on flawed assumptions? Perhaps some people are too intent upon making a point to bother considering the proper questions.

Consider the following, a CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION FOR prospective TEACHERS, prepared by the Examiners of Teachers for the Public Schools in Zanesville, Ohio, in the late 1870s:

English Grammar

1. Analyze the following and parse words in italics: I cannot tell if to depart in silence, Or bitterly to speak in your reproof, Best fitteth my degree or your condition.

2. Write the following in prose, and parse the verb awaits: The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that beauthy, all that wealth e'er gave, Awaits alike th' inevitable hour: The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

3. Give a brief example of a compound and a complex sentence. Give the rule for the use of the subjunctive mood.

4. Define and give the etymology of verb, prounoun, conjunction and adverb. Give example of a defective, an auxillary, an impersonal and a redudant verb. How many kinds of prounous are there? Give examples of each.

5. Prior has the following sentence. State it if be good grammar. If not, why? It it be, parse the word than: Thou art a girl as much brighter than her, As he is a poet sublimer than me.

6. Give rule for forming plural of nouns ending in "y," with examples. Give plurals of staff, radius, miasma, Miss White, rendezvous, talisman, loaf, grief, seraph, Mussulman, forceps, spoonful, who, beef, s, x, 6, and madam. Also give the singulars of kine, ashes, banditi [sic], swine, animalcula.

7. Compare chief, much, former, far, forth, next, round, up, ill, full.

8. Give the feminines of abbot, earl, duke, lad, marquis, hero, tiger, nephew, testator, bachelor, wizard, and ox.

9. Write the past tense and past participle of these verbs:
Lay, Seek, Sit, Get, Dare, Thrive, Lie, Set, Light, Loose, Fly, Flee, Chide, Overflow, Catch, Lose, Swim, Climb, Drink, Stay, Leap, Quit, Swell, Burst, Eat.

10. Define metonymy, catachresis, and hyberbole; and state the difference between a metaphor and a simile.

11. Punctuate the following lines: But when I ask the trembling question: Will you be mine my dearest Miss Then may there be no hesitation But say distinctly Yes Sir yes.

12. Parse the three "thats" in the following sentence:
He that fears that dog thinks that he is mad.
Also parse the word "but" in each of the following:
There was no one but saw him;
We ran, but he stopped;
All ran but Peter;
If you did but know it.

13. Correct the following:
(a) Although I persuaded the old man, he refused to yield, and I expect he divided his estate between his 3 daughters. His example, though he meant well, is calculated to have a bad effect.
(b) As I laid down I seen the smoke rising over the way.
(c) Whom do you say that I am? or who do you take me to be?
(d) John and James were both there, though neither were invited.
(e) As water is froze easier than alcohol, so riches are easier acquired than a good name.
(f) Between you and I, there is some mystery about that fire last night. Did you hear where it was at? I am glad none of my friends were in the house. I should be sorry if either James or William were inculpated in setting it on fire.


1. Give etymology of orthography. What are mutes, labials, and liquids, and why so called?

2. Give meaning of the prefixes, ante, anti, circum, quad, proto, oct, trans, sym, and con.

3. Form derivatives of prefer, begin, stop, run, defy, abridge, tie, and die, with the suffix ing or ed.

4. Write a word containing a diphthong, one containing a digraph, and one containing a trigraph.

5. Define accent, and mark the accent on the words: inverse, diverse, adverse, reverse, obverse, calcine, piquant, orthoepy, abdomen, acclimated, area, salutatory, accessary, gondola, illustrate, prolix, portent, inquiry, contemplated, expert, extant.

6. Spell the words (given orally)


Put all your work on the paper and make it explain itself.

1. Define integer, fraction, interest, discount, power, and root.

2. What effect has multiplying both terms of a fraction by the same number, and why; and why in dividing one fraction by another do you invert the divisor and multiply the terms together?

3. If A's age were increased by its 3/7 its 4/5 and 19, the sum would equal 2-1/2 times his age; required his age.

4. Multiply 7/8 by .000018 and divide the product by 27 millionths.

5. 32 men agree to construct 28 miles 4 furlongs and 32 rods of road; after completing one-half of it, one-fourth of the number of men left the company, what distance did each man construct before and after one-fourth of the men left?

6. A man drives 97 pegs on a straight line and spaces them 3 ft. 8 in. apart. What is the distance from the first peg to the last peg, lowest terms?

7. A man receives $65 interest for the use of $600 for 3 years, 7 months, and 15 days. What is rate per cent.?

8. What is due on the following note?
Zanesville, O., December 10, 1871.
One year after date I promise to pay to the order of Richard Roe twelve hundred dollars, value received.

9. Give the rule for obtaining the difference of time, having the difference of longitude, and vice versa, and give the reasons for the rule.

10. A square lot containing 54,756 square feet is surrounded by a close board fence 12 feet high. What would the boards cost at $13 per thousand?


1. Where does the earth have the greatest diameter?

2. Why do we reckon 180 degrees of longitude and only 90 of latitude?

3. What is meant by the equinoxes?

4. Locate the Crimea, Bombay, Bay of Fundy, and the Capital of Mississippi.

5. Into what three functions is the government of the United States divided? -- define each function.

6. Describe and locate the Indus and Niger rivers.

7. Through what waters would a ship pass in going from Duluth to Odessa?

8. Bound France and give five of its chief cities.

9. Name the New England states and locate their capitals.

10. Define equator, zone, latitude, and longitude.

11. Into what bodies of water do the following rivers flow: The Danube, Rhone, Volga, Tiber, Rio Grande, Jordan, and Mahoning.

Plenty of critics maintain that most of today's teaching candidates couldn't pass this test. Well, even if that were true, it wouldn't make today's candidates all that different than their 19th century counterparts. As Joseph Crosby, the man who created the English Grammar and Orthography sections of this exam, wrote to a friend in 1876:

"I gave them a pretty severe test in Grammar, and some of them did make terrible work of it. One young lady said the singular of "Swine" was 'pigs', another 'a hog'. One being asked to give me the past tense of 'I lie down' said 'I lied', which she certainly did. Out of some 30 or 35 words I gave them to spell, not over 10 were spelled correctly by any one, several missed on all but 5 or 6 -- Yet they blushed & tried so hard to do well -- and many were graduates of the High School -- that I was sorry for them. I had no idea that graduates could be so ignorant."

And after all, do we really care these days whether our educators know the "feminines of the words hero, bachelor, and ox"?

Although this exam may indicate, as Velz wrote, that "our notion of nineteenth-century education as primitive and backward may need modification," perhaps what it demonstrates most is the truth of the aphorism that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Last updated: 26 July 2001

playfulwithyou33 56F
961 posts
10/29/2005 5:23 am

(thinking about finding a time transport machine to find the 7% interest rates) But dang, I gotta go back to 1895?

dano6332 56M

10/29/2005 6:58 am

Lucky excellent points but I do consider myself intelligent and even well educated. I had trouble with some of these questions (granted Europe is not the same as it once was and a good portion of the countries have changed names) and I noticed it is considered a urban legend but not because it is not true, rather we have not studied the material. Sure I could not pass my sons AP Physics class without some serious book time but I still felt I should have known more of these answers.

Thanks for everyones feedback

rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
10/29/2005 4:22 pm

Geograghy 8. Kasas is cold because thats where Oz connects with our dimension. I cant believe you didnt vote for me you little traitorous dog, you. *SOB*

rm_bella_ 47F
4030 posts
10/29/2005 8:09 pm

I fail...then again a Canadian education is different...different questions.

dano6332 56M

10/29/2005 8:15 pm

LOL Saint your much cuter than 5r but damn girl your plans scared me to death

rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
10/30/2005 1:05 am

free market economy

if we can't put out a quality educational system product other countries will be happy to

damn i heard Manderian is a difficult language to learn too

S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo


10/30/2005 7:40 pm

Slided in Nope this is no post for a blonde to figure out .. runs out.

luckywithladeez 49M
266 posts
10/31/2005 6:27 am

Answers to Eighth Grade Final Exam ‒ (part 1)

Completed 8th Grade Final Exam - Salina, Kansas, 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.

Rule 1 - Capitalize the first word in a sentence.
Rule 2 - Capitalize the pronoun I and the interjection O.
Rule 3 - Capitalize the first word in a quotation.
Rule 4 - Capitalize the first word in a direct question falling within a sentence.
Rule 5 - Capitalize all nouns referring to the deity and to the Bible and other sacred books.
Rule 6 - Use a capital letter for President and Presidency when these refer to the office of President of the United States.
Rule 7 - Use a capital letter for official titles before the names of officials.
Rule 8 - Capitalize proper nouns and adjectives formed from proper nouns.
Rule 9 - Capitalize every word, except conjunctions, articles and short prepositions in the titles of works of literature, music, art, books, etc. The first word of a title is always capitalized.

2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.

The parts of speech are:
‒ Noun
‒ Verb
‒ Adjective
‒ Adverb
‒ Pronoun
‒ Preposition
‒ Conjunction
‒ Interjection
‒ Article

Articles, interjections, conjunctions, and prepositions have no modifications.

3. Define Verse, Stanza, and Paragraph.

Definitions as follows:
‒ Verse: A sequence of words arranged metrically according to some system of design; such as a single line of poetry.
‒ Stanza: A group of lines of verse forming one of the divisions of a poem or song. It is typically made of four or more lines of verse and typically has a regular pattern in the number of lines and the arrangement of meter and rhyme.
‒ Paragraph: A distinct section or subdivision of a chapter, letter, etc. usually dealing with a particular point. It is begun on a new line, often indented.

4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay, and run.

A) Verb forms regarded as regular and not normally indicated include:
‒ Present tenses formed by adding -s to the infinitive (or - es after o, s, x, z, ch, and sh) such as: waits, searches
‒ Past tenses and past participles formed by simply adding -ed to the infinitive with no other changes in the verb form, as waited, searched
‒ Present participles formed by simply adding -ing to the infinitive with no other changes in the verb form, as waiting, searching
‒ Principal Parts - do, does, did, doing; lie, lies, lied, lying; lay, lays, laid, laying; run, runs, ran, running.
Note: These are all irregular verbs.

5. Define: Case, Illustrate each Case.

In English syntax, the term "case" refers to the subjective (or nominative), objective, and possessive forms of pronouns and the possessive form of nouns. I is the subjective (or nominative) case of the personal pronoun, me is the objective case, and my, or mine are the possessive case. E.g., Mary's is the possessive case of Mary showing ownership by Mary herself.

6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.

Definition: punctuation
Punctuation is the act, practice, or system of using standardized marks in writing and printing in separate sentences or sentence elements, or to make the meaning clearer.

Rules for Principal Punctuation Marks
‒ The Period [.]: Use a period at the end of declarative sentences, indirect questions, and most imperative sentences, and after most abbreviations. Do no use a period at the end of a title of a book, article, poem, etc. In a typed manuscript, abbreviations and the initials of names do not have spacing after the periods, e.g., U.S.A., T.S.Eliot.
‒ The Question Mark [?]: Use a question mark at the end of a direct question, and after each query in a series if you wish to emphasize each element. Use a question mark enclosed in parentheses to express doubt about a word, fact, or number. Do not use a question mark at the end of an indirect question.
‒ The Exclamation Mark [!}: Use the exclamation mark after a particularly forceful interjection or imperative sentence.
‒ The Semicolon [;]: Use a semicolon between two independent clauses when they are not joined by a coordinating conjunction. Also, use a semicolon to separate clauses joined only by conjunctive adverbs.
‒ The Colon [ : ]: Use a colon before a long formal quotation, formal statement, or a list of items. Use a colon after a main clause when the succeeding clause or clauses explain the first clause.
‒ The Dash [-]: Use a dash to indicate an abrupt break in the structure of the sentence or an unfinished statement. Use a dash to set off a summary or a long appositive.
‒ Parentheses [()]: Use parentheses to enclose material that is explanatory, supplementary, or exemplifying. Use parentheses to enclose cross-references.
‒ Quotation Marks [" "]: Use quotation marks to enclose all direct quotations. Use single quotation marks [' '] to enclose a quotation within another quotation. Use quotation marks to enclose words spoken of as words, words used in special senses, or words emphasized.
‒ The Apostrophe [']: Use the apostrophe to indicate the possessive case of the noun or pronoun. Use the apostrophe to indicate the omission of letters or figures. Use the apostrophe to indicate the plurals of figures, letters, and words referred to as such, i.e., Watch your p's and q's. There are too many "and's" in your sentence.
‒ The Hyphen [-]: Use the hyphen to divide a word at the end of a line. Use a hyphen between parts of a compound modifier preceding a noun.

7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Language can be thought of as articulate mind, as the means of becoming human, as the record of wit at play, as the right hand of thought, or as a great reservoir of symbol, but as a working tool it results from the use mankind has made of it.

Literally, no one can discover how a language is being employed, since language is always changing, and the shifts and appearances only become apparent later. Practically, however, we have devices for discovering what a language has been, what it is now, and even what it is becoming.

Not always has man improved his language. As widespread communication between peoples comes to pass, most languages are losing their "purity", becoming a polyglot of the many. This is not all bad. Each people and language have something to give, something to share, and something to take, to enrich the lives of all mankind.

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.

The Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic are Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division.

‒ Addition: The summing of a set of numbers to obtain the total quantity of items to which the number set refers, indicated in arithmetic by the “+” operator.
‒ Subtraction: The mathematical process of finding the difference between two numbers or quantities, indicated in arithmetic by the “-” operator.
‒ Multiplication: The mathematical process of finding a number or quantity (the product) obtained by repeating a specified number or quantity a (the multiplicand) a specified number of times (the multiplier), indicated in arithmetic by the “X” operator.
‒ Division: The mathematical process of finding how many times a number (the divisor) is contained in another number (the dividend); the number of times constitutes the quotient, indicated in arithmetic by the “÷” operator.

2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?

The wagon box contains (2 x 10 x 3 =) 60 cubic feet. A struck bushel equals 1.25 cubic feet. A heaped bushel, in general, equals 1.25 struck bushels. Therefore the wagon box if struck contains (60 ÷ 1.25 =) 48 bushels and if heaped, contains ((((60 ÷ 1.25))(1.25) =) 60 bushels.

3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?

The actual weight of the wheat, subtracting the tare of the wagon weight is (3942 - 1050 =) 2892 lbs. A fully ripe and dried struck bushel of wheat weighs on average 58 lbs. per bushel. Therefore the solution is ((( 2892 ÷ 58 )) X $.50 =) $24.93.

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?

The cost of 7 months of school equals (($50 X 7) + $104 =) $454.The mil levy is therefore ($454 ÷ $35,000 =)$0.013 levy, or ($0.013 X $100 =) $1.30 per $100 valuation of the district.

5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.

One ton equals 2000 lbs, therefore ((6720 ÷ 2000) X $6 =) $20.16.

6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
- Assuming simple interest formula:
A banking month is 30 days, and there are 360 days per year. If the principal is held for 258 days the proportional interest for the period held is (((258 ÷ 360) X $512.60) X 0.07 =) $25.72.

7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $.20 per inch? Note: Correction to Dano’s test question, which stated “$20 per meter.” Metric units of length were not in common use in United States schools in 1895.

The cost is given in $ per inch, therefore the calculation is performed as $ per inch width per given length, here 16 feet.
((40 X 12) X $.20 =) $96.00

8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.

Simple interest is given at 10% per year.
Ninety days is 3 months, 0.25 of the banking year, therefore the discount is ((0.10 X 0.25) X $300 =) $7.50

9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?

A rod is 16.5 ft., therefore the distance around is (640 x 16.5 =) 10,560 ft. Each side of the square is (10,560/4 =) 2,640 ft. The enclosed area is (2,640 x 2,640 =) 6,969,600 sq. ft. An acre is 43560 sq. ft. Therefore, the farm parcel is (6,969,600/43560 =) 160 acres extent, and worth (160 acres)($15/acre =) $2,400.

10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

Bank Check
Lucky's Adult Forum 1894
Anywhere, MyState October 31, 1894
Pay To The Order Of Lucky Fund 30.00
Thirty and no/100 ------------------------------ Dollars
For ‒ fund - [signed] Lucky Accountant

Promissory Note

Promissory Note
I John Smith Parent do hereby promise to pay to Lucky Coop Bank the amount of $10.00 in 12 equal payments of $2.50 on the first of each month starting January 1st, 1894, ending December 1st, 1894, for principal $10.00 at 5 percent simple interest
John Smith Parent, December 20, 1893


Lucky School Dist. 22 Receipt
Anywhere, MyState July 1, 1894
Received Of John Smith Parent $10.00
Ten and no/100 -------------------------------- Dollars
1894-95 Payment ‒ William B. Dreyfus, Chairman

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.

The History of the United States of America is divided into the following epochs:

A.) The Period of Discovery and Settlement (1492 - 1690)
B.) The Expansion of the Colonies (1690 - 1763)
C.) America Secures Independence (1763 - 1774)
D.) The Critical Period (1774 - 1780)
E.) America Tests Self Government and the Constitution (1780 - 1840)
F.) America Strains the Constitution (1840 - 1876)
G.) The United States - A Greater Nation (1877 to present)

2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.

Although Leif the Lucky,–known to history as Leif Ericson– a hardy Norseman from Greenland, discovered and established outposts along the northern coasts of America fully 500 years before Christopher Columbus; Columbus a Genoese Italian mariner, is generally accredited with the modern discovery of America in 1492, although he never set foot on the mainland.

In his boyhood, Columbus studied drawing, geography, and astronomy; and he later sailed the Mediterranean. He made his way to Lisbon, Spain, where he became a mapmaker under the tutelage of a mariner whose patron was Prince Henry the Navigator. Columbus became convinced that the world was a sphere, so he sought to prove that the shortest distance to the East Indies was by sailing westward. He possessed the map of Toscanelli, which suggested that the earth was indeed spherical, and he believed it was correct. In 1474, Columbus sought the means to furnish a fleet, seeking aid from Genoa, Portugal, Venice, France, and England. The King of Portugal first sent a secret expedition westward to test the idea of Columbus, but they returned without sighting land. Thus, for ten long years, Columbus endured rebuffs of his expedition, and he secretly left Portugal for Spain toward the end of 1484. Queen Isabella of Spain finally approved Columbus’s voyage, and remained his best friend during the rest of her life. She also furnished fully half the money needed for the voyage. The fleet consisted of three vessels, small caravels furnished by the town of Palos. The largest, the Santa Maria was a mere sixty-three feet long and twenty feet in breadth. She had a small cabin, while the other two, the Pinta and the Nina were simply open boats with high bows and sterns, the better to ride the waves. Columbus commanded the Santa Maria as well as the fleet, and the captains of the other two boats were the Pinzon brothers.

The expedition sailed from Palos on August 3, 1492, and headed into unknown waters. It was not long before the crews wanted to turn back, threatening mutiny, as all kinds of fears and superstitions troubled them. However, Columbus’s courage and determination was at least equal to every challenge, holding the crews to their work. Finally, during the early morning of October 10, 1492, they sighted one of the Bahaman Islands. They had found the New World. Columbus, however, believed that he had found a part of India, and so he called the Bahaman natives Indians, and they have been called Indians ever since. We know now that the Indians are not natives of India, that they are native Americans. And thus we celebrate October 10 in America, Columbus Day.

3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.

The causes of the New World colonies’ War for Independence from Great Britain were many. By 1763, the colonies had already shown independence by quarreling with the British royal governors, insisting on ever-greater measures of self-government. And that year, after the Treaty of Paris, France created New France, the province of Quebec. Thus, a line was drawn along the mountain sources of the rivers flowing into the Atlantic, and the colonies were forbidden to plant settlements beyond that line.

In 1760, George III became King of England, and his failed attempts at arbitrary rule made the Englishmen at home fear for their liberties and finally helped drive the colonials into a rebellion.

King George tried to enforce Cromwell's dated Navigation Act of 1651 to stop smuggling, which was the life-blood of the colonials. To this end, a mean measure was adopted, the issuing of Writs of Assistance–no more than arbitrary search warrants in blank. Any officer of the crown could arbitrarily write anyone’s name in the blank line and proceed to search them and their property upon the grounds of suspicion of possession of smuggled goods. Boston merchants resisted, engaging lawyer James Otis to protest the Writs of Assistance in court. The case was lost, but Otis made an eloquent speech that echoed through all the colonies, in where he claimed that "a man's home was his castle." When the case was lost, John Adams and the others left the crowded room ready to take up arms against the Writs of Assistance. "Then and there," wrote Adams, "the child, independence, was born."

The wrangle over taxation culminated with the Stamp Act of 1765. The colonials did not object to taxes, they knew that government incurs expense, and that it was the duty of every citizen to pay his just share of the tax. But they objected mightily to this method of levying and collecting taxes, as no tax could be levied in Great Britain without the consent of Parliament, and in the colonies, no tax could be levied without the consent of the legislatures. The colonials objected: "Taxation without representation is tyranny!" Nonetheless, King George and his ministers paid no attention to the legal rights of the colonials. Seeing that the Navigation Acts were not defeating smuggling, they adopted a new tax scheme, the Stamp Act, whereby every legal document, every newspaper, every bill of merchandise, almost every form of paper had to bear an official stamp. Benjamin Franklin was in London as agent for Pennsylvania at the time, and tried to prevent the enactment of the law, but he said he might as well have tried to prevent the sun from setting.

As a result of King George’s deaf ear toward their protests, the colonists organized a secret society, "The Sons of Liberty," throughout the larger cities. They opposed the Stamp Act in every possible way, and were by no means gentle in their methods. Finally, the Stamp Act was repealed in 1766, but replaced by the even more onerous Townshend Acts of 1767. Thus, Samuel Adams, the "Father of the Revolution" started a new and effective kind of resistance, drawing up a circular letter, which was adopted by the Massachusetts legislature and sent to the other colonies. This produced united protest against the new acts.

General Gage arrived with four military regiments and was installed as the military governor of Massachusetts to enforce the Townsend acts. On June 17, 1774, Samuel Adams introduced a resolution to the legislature calling for a Colonial Congress to combat these oppressive measures and acts. Gage heard about the resolution and hurriedly sent a messenger to deliver a proclamation dissolving the assembly. The messenger found the door locked, and not opened until the resolution was adopted. From then on, the American Revolution from Great Britain is well-known history. The First Continental Congress met September 5, 1774, and from that moment on, it was clear that the colonies were ready to lay aside all their differences in the presence of threatened attacks upon their liberties.

4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.

Upon winning the War for Independence, the acknowledged boundaries of the United States in 1783 became:

On the north, the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes;
On the west, the Mississippi River;
On the south, the northern border of the Floridas extending eastward from the mouth of the Mississippi;
On the east, the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson acquired the ownership of the French province of Louisiana, a vast tract extending from the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans west to the mountain sources of the Mississippi tributaries, more than doubling the size of the United States. He purchased the territory for $15,000,000 from Napoleon, then at war with Britain. Napoleon had rather see the territories in the hands of the Americans than see it captured by the Great Britain, the ancient enemy of France. The invention of the steamboat quickly opened up settlement of the territory.

In 1819, the Floridas were purchased from Spain, after a treaty framed by John Quincy Adams, for $5,000,000, securing the southern border and the whole of the Atlantic seaboard. General Andrew Jackson, sent to stop Indian troubles along the Florida border with Georgia had, for all intents and purposes, already militarily secured the area.

By 1843, the northern border between Canada and the US west of the Great Lakes was fixed along the 49th parallel, and included all of the Oregon country below that line to the Pacific Ocean.

In 1835, Texas seceded from Mexico, and at once asked for admission to the Union. President Van Buren refused his assent, fearing war with Mexico, and thus Texas then became the "Lone Star Republic." By 1845, Northern opposition to annexation weakened in the Polk administration, and Texas was admitted as a slave state.

Due to the dispute over the southern boundary of Texas, when Mexicans crossed the Rio Grande on April 23, 1846 and killed every man in a small army scouting party, war was declared with Mexico on May 13, 1846. General Zachary Taylor, immediately after the ambush of the scouting party, began to prosecute the war, and subsequently routed the Mexicans. Thus, much of Mexico was conquered including Mexico City, which for all intents and purposes, ended the war. With the treaty of peace of 1848, in which America annexed all of California and New Mexico, we paid Mexico $15,000,000 "in consideration of the extension acquired by the boundaries of the United States," as the words of the treaty put it. It was thought that the boundary dispute was now settled, but another dispute arose over the boundaries of what are now Arizona and New Mexico. This was settled by acquiring even more land from Mexico in 1853, and paying an additional $10,000,000.

Such now are the boundary extents of the United States of America. [in 1895]

5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.

Kansas has a dramatic history, even before it became the 34th state in 1861, as historians indicate that Native Americans were living in Kansas as early as 12,000 B.C. Many different tribes followed these Native Americans over the centuries, making the history of Kansas entwined with the first Americans.

Between 1541 and 1739, explorers from Spain and France came to the Kansas area in search of gold, knowledge, and trade with the Indians, and in 1803, Kansas became a part of the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Fifty-one years later it was organized as a territory, which included the eastern half of Colorado.

Conflict over slavery in the late 1850s led to bloody battles between free-staters (anti-slavery) and pro-slavery forces. This led to the attack on Lawrence by pro-slavery forces and the widespread public outcry associated with "Bleeding Kansas." The Federal government, and ultimately, Federal troops intervened, and Kansas became part of the United States as a free state in 1861.

After the War for Southern Independence, expansion of the rail system to Kansas, and the increasing stream of immigrants lured to the state by offers of cheap land, Native Americans were forced onto smaller and smaller reservations. Ultimately, their removal to Indian Territory forced the final confrontation in the late 1870s that ended the independent life of the Native Americans.

The establishment of military posts to protect the railroads and trails used by immigrants led to the establishment of small towns following the posts. And thus, by 1870, the Kansas cow towns, following the westward expansion of the railroads, became well established. Such towns as Dodge City, Abilene, Caldwell, Newton, Wichita, and Salina took their turns as the Queens of the Trail, and to this day, the cattle industry remains an important part of the state's economy. [1895]

The introduction of Turkey Red Winter Wheat by Mennonites from Russia in 1874 was a milestone in Kansas agriculture. The wheat was ideally suited to the Kansas climate and has made Kansas one of the leading wheat-producing states in the nation.

6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.

The Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2-3, 1863 marked the turning point for the Confederates Armies, even though it was a victory. General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was killed and General Lee claimed that he had lost his "right arm".

The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1 through July 3, 1863, was the largest battle in the world to that time. The Confederate forces were elated with their victories at Fredricksburg and Chancellorsville, and thus General Lee was urged to carry the war into the North and compel the granting of peaceful terms satisfactory to the South. With an army of 70,000 men, Lee crossed the Potomac, marched across Maryland and into Pennsylvania, where he was overtaken by the Army of the Potomac, 90,000 strong, under General Meade at the village of Gettysburg. On the first and second days of the ensuing confrontation, the Confederates forces gained ground and control, and on the third day, the Union troops ceased firing to let their cannons cool. Lee mistakenly thought that he had "silenced" the enemy's guns, and ordered Pickett's division of infantry to charge across the valley and pierce the Union lines. As 15,000 men marched out of the forest of oaks into the open valley, to their surprise, the Union cannons opened fire, and great holes were torn in the Confederate ranks. As the Confederate troops drew nearer, the Union rifles mercilessly mowed them down, one-by-one. As they closed ranks, charged the ridge, and the advance had reached a final, fatal hand-to-hand fight, suddenly "retreat" was sounded, leaving the valley strewn with dead. And thus, this point reached by the Confederate charge on that fateful, bloody day is marked with a monument, a huge bronze book on which is inscribed, "High-water Mark of the Rebellion."

The Siege of Vicksburg, May 19th to July 4th, 1863, returned control of the entire Mississippi River and valley to the Union. Union Generals Grant and Sherman were repulsed in their first attempts to take the Vicksburg stronghold, and thus, Grant moved his army down the West Bank of the river. He had his gunboats run past the forts, and then marched his troops below Vicksburg, and re-crossed for an attack from the rear. He got between the Confederate armies of Generals Johnston and Pemberton, drove Johnston into retreat, and drove Pemberton, after hard fighting, into Vicksburg. Grant then on May 19 settled down for a siege. Grant’s batteries continually bombarded the city, and cut the city off from all supplies, until finally, the city’s residents were forced to eat the mules and rats. As there was no relief and no escape, Pemberton ultimately surrendered with 32,000 prisoners on July 4, upon which the Union soldiers promptly shared their food with the starving men, women, and children of Vicksburg.

7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?

Samuel F.B. Morse: He invented the telegraph in 1840. After waiting four years delay, the first telegraph line in the world was built from Washington, D.C to Baltimore, and on May 24th, 1844, Professor Morse tapped out the first message "What hath God wrought?" in the Supreme Court room, and it was promptly returned from Baltimore. Thus, those four words from the Bible announced one of the greatest inventions in the world's history.

Eli Whitney: He invented the cotton gin in 1793, which made raising cotton profitable in the South. Without the gin, slave holdings had been becoming unprofitable and were dying out. Before the gin, it took a day's work by a slave to pick the seeds from a pound of cotton. With the gin, a single slave could separate and clean a thousand pounds of cotton a day. This led to the expansion of cotton plantings all across the South into Texas, releasing slaves to do field work instead of picking cottonseed from the linters, greatly prolonging the institution of slavery in the South.

Robert Fulton: He invented the first successful steam powered paddlewheel boat, the Claremont, powered by an engine brought from England. On March 11, 1807, it paddled up the Hudson River from New York to Albany, a distance of one hundred and fifty miles, in thirty-two hours. This single event, far greater than a victory in war, increased the power, and advanced the civilization, of the whole human race. The era of the steamboat opened up the west, via the rivers, the highways of commerce. There have been over 10,000 steamboats operating on America’s rivers. [1895]

Alexander Graham Bell: He invented the telephone, which made possible long-distance voice communication between people everywhere. The invention of the telephone grew out of improvements Bell had made to the telegraph, and in 1875, along with his assistant Thomas A. Watson, Bell constructed instruments that transmitted recognizable voice-like sounds. And thus, Bell's first telephone patent was granted on March 7, 1876, and subsequently the first telephone company, Bell Telephone Company, was founded on July 9, 1877. Telephones are now commonplace throughout America.

Abraham Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln represented Illinois in Congress and ultimately became 16th President of the United States. He was born in Hardin County, Ky., February 12, 1809, and moved with his parents to a tract on Little Pigeon Creek, Ind., in 1816. President Lincoln attended a log-cabin school at short intervals and was mostly self-instructed in elementary branches. He moved with his father to Macon County, Illinois in 1830 and later to Coles County, Ill. where he read the principles of law and works on surveying. During the Black Hawk War, he volunteered in a company of Sangamon County Rifles organized April 21, 1832, and was elected its captain and served until May 27, when the company was mustered out of service. He then re-enlisted as a private and served until mustered out June 16, 1832, returning to New Salem, Illinois. Unsuccessful in his bid for the Illinois State House of Representatives, he entered business as a general merchant in New Salem and became postmaster of New Salem from 1833-1836, and ultimately deputy county surveyor from 1834-1836. Elected a member of the State house of representatives in 1834, 1836, 1838, and 1840, Lincoln declined to run for office in 1842. He was admitted to the bar in 1836, and moved to Springfield, Illinos in 1837 while engaged in the practice of law. Elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849), Lincoln did not seek a re-nomination in 1848. As an unsuccessful applicant for Commissioner of the General Land Office under President Taylor, he was tendered the Governorship of Oregon Territory, but declined. Again, he was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for election to the United States Senate before the legislature of 1855 and again unsuccessful Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1858. Lincoln was elected as a Republican President of the United States in 1860 and reelected in 1864, serving from March 4, 1861, until his death by assassination, April 15, 1865. John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in the head as he attended a play in Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., April 14, 1865. He died the following day. He was our president and Commander-in-Chief during the War Between the States, determined that the Union should not perish.

William Penn: He founded the colony of Pennsylvania in 1682, and had earlier bought the Jerseys as a refuge for Quakers. He was a prolific writer, and his greatest book was entitled "No Cross, No Crown," which gained him reputation even among those who hated his religion. The King of England owed Penn's estate a very large debt, fifteen thousand pounds, and granted Penn's request for a tract of land in payment, settled the debt, and when the boundaries were finally set, the tract contained about 45,000 square miles. Penn was liberal to all white men and Indians, early deciding that in Pennsylvania there should be perfect freedom of conscience, and freedom of worship. Knowing that people loved freedom of government as well as freedom of conscience, he decided that the people themselves should rule. In 1683, he laid out the plan of a city, which he called Philadelphia, meaning "brotherly love." All treaties and agreements that were made with the Indians and others were faithfully kept. The government that Penn established for his colony was true to his promises of freedom. Each settler as he became a landholder or taxpayer had the right to vote, electing the members of the council and the assembly. The people, in that way, made their own laws. Laws that provided for the kind treatment of the Indians, that prisoners should be treated humanely, that each child should be schooled and taught a trade, that trial by jury should be extended to all, and that death should be the penalty for only two crimes, murder and treason. His beneficent understanding of the importance of freedom to prosperity of a people presaged much of the ideals of our Constitution.

Elias Howe: He invented the sewing machine. Howe was the son of a Massachusetts farmer, and while working in a factory for fifty cents a day, in his spare moments he invented the sewing machine in 1845. Subsequently, his patents earned for him more than two million dollars.\

8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865?

1607: Establishment of Jamestown colony, May 1607, in what is now Virginia. Captain John Smith had but one rule: "He that will not work shall not eat."

1620: On December 21, 1620, the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth harbor began the settlement of New England under William Bradford, loved and respected as a man of courage and gentleness from the time of his first election as governor in 1621, until his death in 1657. Myles Standish was the captain of the little army protecting the colony, a wise, courageous and helpful soldier, kind to the sick and needy.

1800: In the Presidential election of 1800, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr received an equal number of electoral votes. As the Constitution provided that the person having the greatest number should be president, it became the duty of the House of Representatives, voting by states, to decide between the two. After thirty-five ballots, the choice fell upon Thomas Jefferson, our third and greatest president, author of the Declaration of Independence, and the mentor of James Madison, "Father of the Constitution." It was on Jefferson's insistence that Madison championed the first 10 articles of amendment to the Constitution, "The Bill of Rights."

1849: The Gold Rush to California began after discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill on the "American Fork" of the Sacramento river February, 1848. The great discovery was made just as California became American territory. In the first year more than 80,000 men flocked to the "diggings," risking all to the dangers from Indians, starvation, accident, mountains, deserts and plains, tropical fevers, and of the sea in the voyage around Cape Horn. The rapid growth of California in people and business greatly affected the nation as a whole. Noting of the time, 300,000 people every year were streaming in from Europe to escape the tyranny and wars there.

1865: The end of the Civil War Between The States, signified with the raising of the flag again at Fort Sumpter, April 14, 1865, the assassination of President Lincoln at Ford's Theater that day, and his death April 15, 1865. The Civil war was over, and a million troops of the Union armies marched through Washington in a last review, were mustered out, and returned to their homes to resume their work as citizens of a reunited nation.

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Answers to Eighth Grade Final Exam ‒ (part 2)

Orthography (Time, one hour)

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?

Alphabet: A system of characters, signs and symbols used to indicate letters or speech sounds, the basis of all writing.

Phonetic orthography: The standardization of the sounds of the letters of the alphabet in accordance with accepted usage. This varies from area to area within our nation, but is becoming more and more uniform as communication and travel between the cultural divisions in America increases.

Etymology: The study of the origin and development of a word, tracing it back to its original language and to its sources in contemporary or earlier languages.

Syllabication: The process of dividing a word into syllables, to determine the phonemic sound, the accent, and roots, to enable the reader to better grasp the meaning and pronounce the word in speech and writing.

2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?

The elementary sounds of the English vocabulary are the consonants and vowels. A consonant is any spoken sound produced by either by stopping and releasing the speaker’s air stream (p, t, k, b, d, g), by stopping it at one point while it escapes at another (m, n, l, r), by forcing it through a loosely closed or vary narrow passage (f, v, s, z, sh, zh, th, H, kh, h, w, y), or a combination of these means. A vowel (a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y) is a voiced speech sound characterized by generalized friction of the air passing in a continuous stream through the pharynx and open mouth, but with no constriction narrow enough to produce local friction.

Phonemes include all significant differences of sound, including features of voicing, place and manner of articulation, accent, and secondary features of nasalization, glottalization, labialization, and the like. Labial sounds are mainly formed by the lips; glottal speech sounds are formed mainly by closure of the glottis; nasal sounds are formed primarily by resonance in the nasal passages.

3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?

Trigraph: A combination of three letters representing one sound. An example is eau as in bureau.

Subvocal: Beneath the voice, a silent or nearly silent sound.

Dighthong: A complex vowel sound made by gliding continuously from the position of one vowel to that for another within the same syllable. An example is (ou) as in down.

Cognate letters: These letters are related in derivation, for instance, i and y.

Linguals: Sounds articulated by using the tongue, for instance the sound th.

4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.

Substitutes for caret 'u' are ‘oo’ as in tool, ‘eau’ as in bureau, ‘ew’ as in crew, ‘y’ as in y-all.

5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e'. Name two exceptions under each rule.

Rule 1: When spelling words having a final silent e, drop the e when adding a suffix beginning with a vowel. Exceptions - knowledgeable, despiteous

Rule 2: If the suffix or verb ending begins with a consonant, keep the final e. Exceptions - truly, judgment

6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.

Sometimes words have silent letters. These follow patterns that can be memorized.
gn, pn, kn = n as in gnome, pneumonia, knife
rh, wr = r as in rhyme, wrestle
pt, ght = t as in ptomaine, height
ps, sc = s as in psalm, science
wh = h as in whole

7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super.

bi: Having two elements or natures, i.e., biangular, bifurcated.

Dis: Meaning away or apart from, i.e., disassemble, disregard.

Mis: Meaning wrong, wrongly, bad, badly, i.e., misstep, misapply.

Pre: Meaning before, ahead of, i.e., predate, prescience.

Semi: Meaning not whole, partly, not fully, i.e., semicircle, semifinal.

Post: Meaning after, behind, i.e., postscript, postpartum.

Non: Meaning not, i.e., nonhuman, nonagressive.

Inter: Meaning between, among, or reciprocal, i.e., intercede, interchangeable.

Mono: Meaning one, single, alone, i.e., monocline, monotheism.

Super: Meaning above, over, on top of, i.e., superabundant, superpose.

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.

[Note: due to the limitations of html, the "macron" diacritical mark for vowels, a dash over the vowel, signifying the sound of the vowel name, is shown as ¯a, ¯e, ¯i, ¯o, ¯u ]

card = cärd, ball = bôl; mercy = mur'c¯e; sir = sur; odd = ãd; cell = sel; rise = r¯is; blood = blud; fare = fer; last ~ last

9. Use the following correctly in sentences, Cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.

- The cite which was given as a source for the quote was incorrect.
- The site was surveyed yesterday.
- My rifle has a front and a rear sight.
- We celebrated the re-birth at fane.
- She would fain stay with her husband.
- Can she feign surprise and excitement?
- The vanes on the windmill are broken.
- You are vain when you imply that you are worth more than others are.
- Mother has a varicose vein in her leg.
- Tomorrow they will raze the old barn.
- Today they started to raise a new barn.
- The rays of the sun feel good in the spring.

10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

anonymity == an' o nym' i ty
bestial == b¯es' tyal
Capernaum == Ca pur' na um
datum == d¯at' um
either == ¯e' ther
financier == fin' an sir'
get == get
homonym == häm' a nim
inchoate == in k¯o' it
Salina == Sa l¯i' na , not Sa l¯e' na

Geography (Time, one hour)

1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?

Climate is the prevailing or average weather of a geographical location as determined by the temperature and meteorological changes over a period of years.

The climate of a geographical location depends largely on its latitude and the features of the surrounding terrain, its nearness to an ocean, or a mountain range that channels and directs wind patterns. We have seasons in our weather pattern, and changes in the length of the warming day throughout the year, due to the ecliptic of the earth's annual path around the sun. It is the daily warming and cooling of the land and oceans that is the prime generator of the world weather system.

2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?

The extremes of climate in Kansas are predicated upon the circumstance that the state is in the middle of the North American continent. And that the great plains, not near any mountains or oceans, are exposed in winter to cold winds from the Canadian north, and in summer to heavy moisture laden winds from the Gulf of Mexico. It is the meeting of these two wind sources in fall that creates the huge wind vortices and deep moist convection that becomes the tornadoes that are a yearly danger in Kansas.

3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?

Rivers have many uses:
First, to drain off excess water from the land-surface.
Second, to replenish the aquifers under their stream bead and underlying all of Kansas and from which we get most all of our water for irrigation and human consumption.
Thirdly, the river is a highway of commerce, with the steamboats reaching far into the west.
Fourthly, as an area of recreation, fishing, boating and swimming.

Oceans have many uses:
They are the reservoir for the majority of heat received from the sun.
They drain the runoff of all rivers and aquifers.
It is the source of most all rain from the evaporation of the surface waters.
It is the engine that drives our weather patterns, and is the moderator of coastal climates.
The ocean fisheries are a major source of protein to many of the world's peoples.
International commerce would not be possible except for the navigation of the oceans.

4. Describe the mountains of North America

The mountains of North America lay in four great chains, oriented generally north to south. They are in order from East to West, the Appalachian/Adirondack chain inland from the Atlantic coast which includes the Blue Ridge and Smokey mountains. The Appalachian range is an old range, worn down throughout the eons. Across the Great Planes from them, midway to the Rocky Mountains, are the Black Hills of the Dakotas, somewhat isolated from the Rockies. The Rocky Mountains, consisting of many parallel ranges, are located at the western boundary of Montana, running southeasterly from the Yukon to Arizona and New Mexico. They form the Continental Divide, which determines the course of the rivers emptying into the Mississippi drainage, and those emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The high plateaus and basins of Utah and Nevada by and large intervene between the Rockies and the next great chain, the Sierra mountain range in California and the extension northward in Oregon and Washington State, where they are called the Cascade Range. Beyond the Sierra/Cascades across the interior valleys of California and Oregon are the Coastal Range, laying quite close to the Pacific Ocean. Westerly from the Cascades in Washington on the Pacific Coast is the Olympic range north of the Columbia River forming the Olympic peninsula. The Olympics have one of the important rainforests of the world and are a valuable source for timber, as are all the mountain ranges of North America. Most mining in North America is in the mountains, the Eastern mountains are a source of coal and iron, the Rockies and Sierras are a source of gold, silver and other metals.

5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall, and Orinoco.

Monrovia City is the capital of the nation of Monrovia, on the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of the Saint Paul River. Situated on Bushrod Island and Cape Mesurado, it is the nation's chief port and commercial center. It has extensive docks. Iron ore and rubber are major exports; substantial quantities of imports are transshipped to neighboring countries. The University of Liberia (founded in 1862) is located here. Monrovia was founded in 1822 by the American Colonization Society as a refuge for freed slaves from North America; it was named in honor of United States president James Monroe. Large numbers of former slaves have been resettled here.

Odessa is capital of Odessa region of the Ukraine, a port on Odessa Bay of the Black Sea. The third largest Ukrainian city, after Kiev and Kharkiv, Odessa is an important rail junction and transportation hub. Grain, sugar, coal, cement, metals, jute, and timber are the chief items of trade at the port of Odessa, which is the leading Ukrainian Black Sea port. Odessa is also a naval base and the homeport of fishing and Antarctic whaling fleets. The city's industries include shipbuilding, machine building, metalworking, food processing, and the manufacture of chemicals, machine tools, clothing, and products made of wood, jute, and silk. Health resorts are located nearby. Odessa has a university (est. 1865), an opera and ballet, theater (1809), a historical museum (1825), a municipal library (1830), an astronomical observatory (1871), an opera house (1883-87). Ukrainians, Russians, Jews, and Greeks predominate in Odessa's cosmopolitan population. The city is said to occupy the site of an ancient Miletian Greek colony (Odessos, Ordyssos, or Ordas) that disappeared between the 3d and 4th century. In the 14th century the site, then under Lithuanian control, became a Crimean Tatar fortress and trade center called Khadzhi-Bei. In 1764 it passed to the Turks, who built a fortress (Yenu-Duniya) to protect the harbor. Odessa was captured by Russians in 1789.

Sited on high plains at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains, Denver, the capital of Colorado, has a sunny, cool, dry climate, averaging 13 inches of precipitation a year–the sun shines 300 days a year. A party of prospectors established Denver on November 22, 1858, following a gold discovery at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River. Town founders named the dusty crossroads for James W. Denver, Governor of Kansas Territory, of which eastern Colorado was then a part. Other gold discoveries sparked a mass migration of some 100,000 people in 1859-60, leading the federal government to establish Colorado Territory in 1861.

Before the great Colorado gold rush, the Rocky Mountains offered little to attract settlers, except "hairy bank notes," the beaver pelts prized by fur trappers, traders and fashionably hatted gentlemen in Eastern America and Europe. The gold rush changed that, as the rudely dispossessed Cheyenne and Arapaho soon discovered.

The Mile High City's aggressive leadership, spearheaded by William N. Byers, founding editor of the Rocky Mountain News, and Territorial Governor John Evans, insisted that the Indians must go. After dispossessing the natives, Denverites built a network of railroads that made their town the banking, minting, supply, and processing center not only for Colorado, but also for all neighboring states, as well. Between 1870 when the first railroads arrived and 1890, Denver grew from 4,759 to 106,713. In a single generation, it became the second most populous city in the West, second only to San Francisco. Although founded as the main supply town for Rocky Mountain mining camps, Denver also emerged as a hub for high-plains agriculture. Denver's breweries, bakeries, meat packing and other food-processing plants made it the regional agricultural center, as well as a manufacturing hub for farm and ranch equipment, barbed wire, windmills, seed, feed and harnesses.

Manitoba, a province in south central Canada and the easternmost of Canada's three Prairie provinces, was part of the Hudson's Bay Company's holdings in North America known as Prince Rupert's Land, founded in 1670. Chief interests for its first two centuries were the fur trade, the province's major economic activity, exploration, and settlement. After 1870, Prince Rupert's Land was incorporated into the Dominion of Canada. As large numbers of settlers came, agriculture and wheat growing became dominant. Manitoba province has been known as the Keystone Province ever since Canada's Governor-General Lord Dufferin described the province in 1877 as "the keystone of that mighty arch of sister provinces which spans the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific." Manitoba lies in the geographic center of Canada, and is a transportation and processing center for the agrarian west.

Mount Hecla is one of the most active volcanic constructs in Iceland is also the site of descent, into the interior of the Earth in Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth". A favorite poem by Richard Hovey mentions Mount Hecla in the prelude: "Interior of a cavern in the bowels of the earth, beneath Mount Hecla. Huge rock-fragments, amid which twists tortuously a great root of the tree Yggdrasil. A flickering flame, by the light of which are seen the NORNS, colossal but shadowy shapes, about a gigantic but indistinct Loom. Dull, heavy sounds, out of which arises a strange music, which resolves itself continually into imperfect harmonies, which leave the heart in unrest. A sense of striving and struggle beats through the music."

The Yukon is Alaska's largest river. It originates in Canada in the Yukon Basin of the Northwest Territory and flows 2,000 miles west into the Bering Sea. From the third week in May when the ice breaks up until mid-October when it re-freezes, it is a summer waterway. After it freezes, it is a winter highway. About 200 riverboats and steamers carry freight during the summer months. Gold was discovered along the Yukon I the 1890’s.

St. Helena is an island in the Atlantic about mid-way between South America and Africa. It was uninhabited when first discovered by the Portuguese in 1502. The British garrisoned the island during the 17th century, and it became famous as the place of Napoleon Bonaparte's exile, from 1815 until his death in 1821. It is located at 15º 56' South Latitude, 5º 42' West Longitude.

The Juan Fernandez Islands, (33º 50'S, 80º 00'W) have developed in isolation, about 400 miles west of Santiago in Chile, on two small islands of volcanic origin, Robinson Crusoe Island and Santa Clara Island. The most ancient of these islands, Robinson Crusoe Island, thought to be some 4 million years old, harbors plant communities including survivors of many ancient plant groups that were once much more widespread in the southern hemisphere. The first human occupation of the islands was in 1574 when the Spanish explorer Juan Fernandez discovered the islands.

The Juan Fernandez Islands, (33º 50'S, 80º 00'W) have developed in isolation, about 400 miles west of Santiago in Chile, on two small islands of volcanic origin, Robinson Crusoe Island and Santa Clara Island. The most ancient of these islands, Robinson Crusoe Island, thought to be some 4 million years old, harbors plant communities including survivors of many ancient plant groups that were once much more widespread in the southern hemisphere. The first human occupation of the islands was in 1574 when the Spanish explorer Juan Fernandez discovered the islands.

Aspinwall is a town in Georgia. It is in the area where the Seminole/Muskogee Indians lived.

The Orinoco River in Venezuela is one of South America's longest rivers, extending some 1,590 miles. Its source is in the Guiana Highlands, on the slopes of the Sierra Parima, in extreme southeastern Venezuela, on the border of Brazil. It flows northwest to a point near La Esmeralda, where it divides. One arm, the Casiquiare River, goes south and after a course of 180 mi enters theRio Negro, a tributary of the Amazon River. The main branch continues northwest to the town of San Fernando de Atabapo and, flowing generally north, forms the border between Venezuela and Colombia. After passing over the Maipures and Atures Rapids, it meets the Apure River. The Orinoco then turns northeast and traverses the plains of Venezuela before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. The Orinoco averages 4 miles in width. The delta of the river begins 120 miles from the Atlantic. The Orinoco is navigable for oceangoing ships for 260 miles, from the mouth to the city of Ciudad Bolivar. It is navigable for smaller craft for a distance of 1,000 miles. The Orinoco was sighted in 1498 by Christopher Columbus and was first explored by Europeans (1530-1531) to the confluence with the Meta River. The German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt explored the upper reaches in 1799.

6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.

The principal trade centers of the United States are:
New York, New York, located at the mouth of the Hudson River; Boston, Massachusetts, located in Boston Harbor;

Chicago, Illinois, located at the south end of Lake Michigan;

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, located on the reaches of Delaware Bay;

Baltimore, Maryland, located on the reaches of Chesapeake Bay;

New Orleans, Louisiana, located between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River inland from the Gulf of Mexico;

St. Louis, Missouri, located at the confluence of the Missouri River and the Mississippi;

Kansas City, Missouri, located on the Missouri River at the Kansas River confluence, also being a great rail hub;

Denver, Colorado, situated at the eastern slope of the Rockies as noted above;

Los Angeles, California, in southern California at Los Angeles Harbor;

San Francisco in the north of California at San Francisco Bay;

Seattle, Washington, located on east side of Puget Sound in Washington State, now becoming an important trade center in addition to its primary lumber industry and naval shipyards.

7. Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.

France, with its capital at Paris, and Switzerland, with its capital at Bern, are the only republics in Europe. There are no other republics in Europe as we know a republic to be, all the other nations are constitutional monarchies, or principalities. The major monarchies are Great Britain, London; Germany, Berlin; Russia, St. Petersburg; Ukraine, Kiev; Austria/Hungary, Vienna; Italy, Rome; Spain, Seville; Portugal, Lisbon; Belgium, Brussels; Holland, Amsterdam; Denmark, Copenhagen; Norway, Oslo; and Sweden, Stockholm. [in 1895]

8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?

The Atlantic coast is colder than the Pacific coast in the same latitude because the northward flow of the Japanese current prevents the majority of the cold Artic air from sinking south along the Pacific coast. And until east of the Rocky Mountains, sweeping thence across the northern plains, sinking to lower latitudes bringing freezing weather south as far as Florida.

9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.

As the sun heats the ocean waters, the evaporate rises into the prevailing wind and the currents which flow generally from west to east. On reaching mountainous areas, the wind currents rise and are cooled, condensing the evaporate into rain, hail, or snow, which then returns to earth, the excess which is not absorbed becoming run-off and forming rivulets, streams, then rivers, returning to the sea to repeat the process over again. Eventually, even the water that is absorbed in the earth also returns to the sea, as in our Colorado/Kansan aquifer, although that may take many thousands of years.

10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.

Today we know that the earth is involved in five motions, Rotation, Revolution, Precession, Motion around the galactic nucleus, and Motion of the galaxy. The rotation or spinning motion of a planet about an axis is the most basic of the five planetary motions. The earth rotates about its axis once every 24 hours, producing changes in what portion of the Earth is illuminated by the Sun, creating our day and night. The tern "revolution" refers to the orbital motion of the earth as it travels an elliptical path around the sun. The earth's period of revolution, i.e., the time to complete a revolution, is 365.25 days. As the earth's axis is inclined 23.4 degrees relative to the orbital plane, this produces our seasons. The Earth's axis is "wobbling", meaning that the axis changes its orientation with respect to celestial objects. This wobbling motion is referred to as "precession". Precession is similar to the wobbling motion of a top as it spins. The earth's period of precession is about 26,000 years. As we look out into the nighttime sky we cannot help but ponder the vastness of space and the innumerable stars that fill it. Our Sun is one of 100 billion stars that are gravitationally bound and make up the Milky Way Galaxy. Because we are a part of the galaxy, it is difficult for us to determine its shape and size and our location in it. However, based on the best available information, the Milk Way is a spiral galaxy similar in structure to its nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. Our Sun is located in the flattened disk approximately two-thirds of the way from the central bulge in a spiral arm. Just as the planets orbit the Sun, the Sun orbits around the galactic nucleus. The velocity of the Sun and the planets around the galactic nucleus is consistent with the laws of Kepler and Newton. Astronomers calculate that this period of revolution around the galaxy center is 240,000,000 years. The suspected motion of the galaxy through space has not yet been determined.

Just for fun - This part is optional
Health (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Where are the saliva, gastric juice, and bile secreted? What is the use of each in digestion?

Saliva is secreted in the mouth by the salivary glands. Saliva is a somewhat alkaline fluid that moistens the mouth, softens food, and aids in digestion. The submaxillary glands are located around the mouth under the lower jaw, the sublingual glands are located beneath the tongue, and the parotid glands are found in front of each ear. The buccal glands, in the cheeks near the front of the mouth, also secrete saliva.

Gastric juice is a thin, strongly acidic (pH varying from 1 to 3), almost colorless liquid secreted by the glands in the lining of the stomach. Its essential constituents are the digestive enzymes, pepsin and rennin, hydrochloric acid, and mucus. Pepsin converts proteins into simpler, more easily absorbed substances; it is aided in this by hydrochloric acid, which provides the acid environment in which pepsin is most effective. Rennin aids the digestion of milk proteins. Mucus secreted by the gastric glands helps protect the stomach lining from the action of gastric juice. Gastric secretion is stimulated by a number of hormones and chemical substances, by the presence of food in the stomach, and by a number of psychological factors, such as the smell of a favorite food.

Bile is a yellowish-brown or green fluid secreted by the liver in the bile duct. This liquid carries away waste from the processes of the liver and helps in the digestive process.

2. How does nutrition reach the circulation?

Nutrients reach the circulation by absorption through the intestinal walls. The main purpose of the intestines is to take the partially digested food from the stomach and convert it into energy. The small intestine is about 20 feet long. The small intestine is divided into three sections, the duodenum, the jejunum and ileum. The small intestinal glands secrete intestinal juices that help with the digestive process. The liver dumps bile into the small intestine through the bile duct. The pancreas secretes pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine. Bile and the pancreatic enzymes break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. This partially digested mixture empties into the large intestine through an opening, the ileocecal valve. The large intestine is about 4 1/2 feet long. The large intestine is divided into six parts. The parts are the cecum, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon, and the rectum. The large intestines main purpose is to further digest the food, releasing nutrients into the blood and to absorb fluids.

3. What is the function of the liver? Of the kidneys?

The liver is the center for the storage of vitamins and nutrients that are dissolved and digested in the intestines. The nutrients are carried to the liver by two large veins. Blood passes through the liver at a rate of about 1 1/2 quarts per minute. At any given time, the liver contains about 10% of all the blood in your body. The liver is divided into two main parts called lobes. The liver is protected by the bottom part of the ribs on the right side of your chest and the liver weighs between 3 and 4 pounds. The liver also works to make bile. Bile is used to break down fats in the small intestine. The bile is stored in the gall bladder until it is needed to help digest the food you eat. If you eat a real fatty food, your body will need more bile to help digest those fats than it would need in comparison to a salad or some fruit.

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist. They are located near the middle of the lower back, just below the rib cage. The kidneys are sophisticated trash collectors. Every day, the kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products and extra water. The waste and extra water become urine, which flows to the bladder through tubes called ureters. The bladder stores urine until you go to the bathroom. The wastes in the blood come from the normal breakdown of active muscle and from the food we eat. Our body uses the food for energy and self-repair. After our body has taken what it needs from the food, waste is sent to the blood. If our kidneys did not remove these wastes, the wastes would build up in the blood and damage our body.

4. How would you stop the flow of blood from an artery in the case of laceration?

If the laceration is in an arm or leg, I would apply a tourniquet around the limb between the laceration and the heart, tightening it until the blood flow was stopped. Next, loosen the tourniquet every 10 minutes to let blood pass to nourish the cells beyond the tourniquet, and at the same time, applying pressure over the laceration with a cloth pad to staunch the loss of blood. A laceration of the arteries of the neck obviously cannot be tourniqueted, so the only thing that can be done is to apply pressure with a cloth pad. Loss of blood and oxygen to the brain can quickly lead to death.

5. Give some general directions that you think would be beneficial to preserve the human body in a state of health.

Eat regular meals of a variety of foods, both animal and vegetable. I prefer a diet containing a lot of vegetables and fruits.

Exercise regularly, which I get a lot of on the farm every day. Regular exercise keeps the muscles, heart, and lungs in good tone.

Theflinkychick 105F

10/31/2005 2:01 pm

Dano, one of my ladies posted this in one of my writing groups some time ago. There weren't many who attempted to answer. I can tell you right now, I wasn't one of them. One of the only things I wish I could change about my younger years is that I wish I had learned to appreciate knowledge earlier. It sure would have been nice to have been able to give the quality of answers to my group that Lucky gave here! Thank you, Dano, for bringing this up and thank you, Lucky, for such a wonderful set of answers.

Not all who wander are lost.

five_speed 41M

11/1/2005 3:05 pm

i hope lucky found those answers online and copy/pasted them.

dano6332 56M

11/5/2005 4:18 pm

Lucky I am honestly and truly impressed WOW I am lucky enough to have read all the answers and jog my decaying memory

Thank you so much for putting all this work into answering these questions.

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