This is a very long post -- much longer than usual, but I think it's worth reading. Thisis the exam given to all 8th-grade students in Washington State in 1910. I cut and pasted it from this website: http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/2004/july04/1910.html
I had to think twice about some of the answers to the very first question, to say nothing of a LOT of the rest of them. See how you do . . .
OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION,
STATE OF WASHINGTON,
MY DEAR SUPERINTENDENT AND TEACHERS:
Herewith are sent lists of questions to be used by pupils of the Eighth Grade, who are candidates for certificates of graduation. The aim of these questions is to give the pupils of the Eighth Grade a test in both the technical and general knowledge which they should possess in order to be ready for the higher work. The following facts have been kept in view in the preparation of the questions:
If a pupil succeeds in passing successfully this test, he will receive a certificate of graduation, and will be entitled to enter upon a high school course.
Permit the suggestion that no teacher have charge of his pupils while they are writing upon the questions, and to this end the Superintendent or some one appointed by him should have charge of the following examination.
The papers are to be graded by the county Board of Education. The standard is uniform for the state, and is as follows:
The rules and program for teachers’ examinations are to be followed so far as they are applicable.
HENRY B. DEWEY,
Superintendent of Public Instruction
AUGUST 18 AND 19, 1910
READING CIRCLE WORK
Write a brief review of one reading circle book.
UNITED STATES HISTORY
1-5. One selection in prose and one in poetry from eighth grade reading book. (50 credits) (not included)
(Note—Examiners will grade penmanship of pupils from their answers to the following questions)
BEEattitude for Day # 341:
Blessed are those who expand their minds, for they shall find new worlds in there.