Magazine article Insight on the News

Would You Have Made the Grade in 1895?

Magazine article Insight on the News

Would You Have Made the Grade in 1895?

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For the people picked up the following from Sam Smith's contrarian newsletter, The Progressive Review. It's the questions from an eighth-grade standardized test given at Salina, Kan., in 1895. This column will publish parts of the test this week and the rest later.

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 do, lie, lay 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.

U.S. History (Time: 45 minutes).

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

2. …

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