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How severely HAVE we been "dumbed down"? Test enclosed.

Here's a "reality smack" for most all of 8th grade graduation test from 1895

For those that believe conspiracy 'theories' really are just theories (and not reality) - ask yourself while reading this:  "How could have an entire society that had this level of knowledge, education AND 'critical thinking skills' EVER have de-evolved & degraded to the extent it has without intentional external intervention & manipulation?".

Just fyi, a few years ago I'd picked up some 1900-1930's era textbooks at a local auction (and a few had some tests that were similar to this).  At that time, we were in college, so we took the texts/tests to our professors. 100% said they couldn't possibly pass, and the head of the chemistry department (PhD) said he couldn't possibly pass the math OR science questions (without a calculator)...and he wasn't sure if he could pass it WITH a calculator. 

Folks, remember, the Powers That Be play an INSIDIOUSLY 'slow hand'.  Each and every person in each & every era loses 'just enough' that they don't really notice it (well, they notice the youth degrading, but hey, that's just "normal" right?) - but cumulatively it is substantial.  Those of us in our 50's can see some of it - there's a whole generation of people now that have no idea what it's like for 'big brother' NOT to know & record everything they type into a computer and say into a telephone; they think absolutely nothing of 'big brother' having the ability to track their every movement via GPS on a cell phone or in your car; most cannot remember 10 phone numbers, and the majority would not be able to function without a cellphone...and they believe it's abnormal that I/others would somehow refuse to willingly hold a device to our brain that has been proven to emit cell-mutating radiation and cause brain cancer, tumors & leukemia.  

And NO!, it's NOT normal for the youth of a society to degrade when the parents are knowledgeable & educated!!  It's normal for the knowledge, health and education of parents to be passed on to their children, and for the society to become STRONGER and MORE educated. (just like it was doing -mostly- until they introduced fluoride into the water supply)

Healthiest of blessings -

Remember when our grandparents,
great-grandparents, and such stated that they only had an 8th grade education?

Well, check this out.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)  (remember now, NO calculators allowed!)

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 incidentals?
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 territori al 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, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)

1.What is meant by the following: Alphabet,
phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2.What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3.What are the following, and give examples of each:
Trigraph, sub vocals, diphthong, cognate letters, 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, Dennver,
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 only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning,
doesn't it? What happened to us???



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