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Eighth grade exam from 1912 is kinda hard

By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com   |   Aug. 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Bullitt County History Museum in Kentucky unearthed an exam that was given to eighth grade students in 1912, and many of the questions stump today's adults.


The exam, which covers spelling, reading, arithmetic, grammar, geography, physiology, civil government and history, has plenty of dated questions, the answers to which subsequent world wars have since changed.

"Locate the following countries which border each other: Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania," was, to the children of 1912, perhaps as relevant asking today's kids where Iraq is.

But other items remain relevant today, even if not widely known by today's adults.

In 1912, students were asked to differentiate between copyright and patent rights, and diagram the sentence "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver." They were also asked to "sketch briefly Sir Walter Raleigh, Peter Stuyvesant."

The rest of the questions -- and the answers -- are available on Bullitt County History Museum's website.

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