Can You Pass an 8th Grade Test from 1912?

1. Who invented the telephone and the record player?

  • Marconi, Hertz
  • Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell
  • Benjamin Franklin, James Madison
  • Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison

2. A man bought a farm for $2400 and sold it for $2700. What percent did he gain?

  • 1.125%
  • 12.5%
  • 25%
  • 30%

3. Which of these is a proper noun?

  • Properness
  • Political
  • Politician
  • Paris

4. Give three duties of the president.

  • Commanding the armed forces, making sure laws are enforced, declaring war
  • Commanding the armed forces, proposing bills to Congress, making sure laws are enforced
  • Commanding the armed forces, signing bills from Congress, leading America in prayer
  • Appearing on TV, flying in Air Force One, being awesome

5. Define cerebrum and cerebellum.

  • Parts of the heart.
  • Little spoons used for eating dessert.
  • Parts of the brain
  • Parts of a horse's bridle.

6. Adjectives have how many degrees of comparison?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
  • 7

7. A school enrolls 120 pupils and the number of boys was two thirds the number of girls. How many of each sex were enrolled?

  • 40 boys and 80 girls
  • 24 girls and 96 boys
  • 45 boys and 75 girls
  • 48 boys and 72 girls

8. Where is the blood carried to be purified?

  • Heart.
  • Kidneys and liver.
  • Left and right ventricles.
  • Gallbladder.

9. Locate the following mountains: Blue Ridge, Himalayas, Andes, Alps.

  • Appalachia, India/Nepal, South America, France/Italy
  • Appalachia, Pakistan/Afghanistan, South America, France/Spain
  • Rocky Mountains, India/Nepal, South America, France/Spain
  • Rocky Mountains, India/Nepal, North America, France/Italy

10. What waters are connected by the Erie Canal?

  • Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes
  • Lake Michigan and Lake Erie
  • Pacific Ocean and Lake Tahoe
  • The Hudson River and the Delaware River

11. Where is the liver located? What does it secrete?

  • Above the diaphragm; bile.
  • Below the diaphragm; bile.
  • Above the diaphragm; plasma.
  • Below the diaphragm; plasma.

12. Name the last battle of the Civil War.

  • Battle of Palmito Ranch.
  • Battle of Bull Run.
  • Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Battle of Antietam.

13. 'William struck James.' Change the voice of the verb.

  • James struck William.
  • James was struck by William.
  • William was struck by James.
  • William hit James.

14. In the sentence 'John ran over the bridge,' parse the word 'bridge.'

  • Singular noun, subject of sentence
  • Regular verb, active voice, present tense
  • Singular noun, object of sentence
  • A structure built to span physical obstacles such as a body of water

15. Name in order of their size the three largest states in America.

  • Texas. California. Montana.
  • Florida. Wyoming. California.
  • Nevada. California. Arizona.
  • Oregon. Louisiana. California

16. Give the causes of the war of 1812.

  • British trade restrictions, forced recruitment of Americans into the British Navy, and British support for American Indians
  • French ambitions to annex Canada and keep Louisiana, and their support for American Indians
  • Mexican incursions into America's southern states, their annexation of California
  • All of the above

17. Decline "I"

  • I, you, he she, it, we, you (pl), they
  • I, me, my, mine, myself, we, us, our, ours, ourselves
  • No thanks

18. Write these two numbers in words: .000003, 653.0965

  • three millionths; six hundred fifty-three and nine hundred sixty-five ten-thousandths
  • three thousandths; six hundred fifty-three and nine-tenths sixty-five hundredths
  • three millionths; six hundred fifty-three and nine six-thousandths and five ten-thousandths
  • three ten-millionths; six hundred fifty-three and nine hundred sixty-five millionths

19. How many parts of speech are there?

  • Three
  • Eight
  • Nine
  • Thirteen

20. Name the states touching the Ohio River.

  • Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  • Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
  • Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Illinois

21. What properties do verbs have?

  • Person, number, tense, voice, and mood.
  • Active, passive, tense, and case.
  • Person, place, and thing.
  • Voice, mood, place, person, and thing.

22. How many steps of 2 foot 4 inches will a man take in walking 2 and 1/3 miles?

  • 212
  • 1425
  • 5280
  • 77529

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INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

That's right: Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison were the inventors of the telephone and the record player, respectively.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison
That's right: Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison were the inventors of the telephone and the record player, respectively.

1. Who invented the telephone and the record player?

  • Marconi, Hertz
  • Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell
  • Benjamin Franklin, James Madison
  • Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

If you find the difference between the two numbers (300 in this case), divide it by the original sum ($2,400), and multiply it by 100, you get 12.5%.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

12.5%
If you find the difference between the two numbers (300 in this case), divide it by the original sum ($2,400), and multiply it by 100, you get 12.5%.

2. A man bought a farm for $2400 and sold it for $2700. What percent did he gain?

  • 1.125%
  • 12.5%
  • 25%
  • 30%

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

People, places, and things = proper nouns.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Paris
People, places, and things = proper nouns.

3. Which of these is a proper noun?

  • Properness
  • Political
  • Politician
  • Paris

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Declaring war is a power of Congress, not the President! And leading America in prayer is not an official duty for any branch of government.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Commanding the armed forces, proposing bills to Congress, making sure laws are enforced
Declaring war is a power of Congress, not the President! And leading America in prayer is not an official duty for any branch of government.

4. Give three duties of the president.

  • Commanding the armed forces, making sure laws are enforced, declaring war
  • Commanding the armed forces, proposing bills to Congress, making sure laws are enforced
  • Commanding the armed forces, signing bills from Congress, leading America in prayer
  • Appearing on TV, flying in Air Force One, being awesome

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The cerebrum and cerebellum are the first and second largest parts of the brain.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Parts of the brain
The cerebrum and cerebellum are the first and second largest parts of the brain.

5. Define cerebrum and cerebellum.

  • Parts of the heart.
  • Little spoons used for eating dessert.
  • Parts of the brain
  • Parts of a horse's bridle.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The degrees of comparison are positive, comparative, and superlative (e.g. good, better, best).

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

3
The degrees of comparison are positive, comparative, and superlative (e.g. good, better, best).

6. Adjectives have how many degrees of comparison?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
  • 7

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

This is a tough one! You need to divide 120 into 5 equal parts (since the total, 120, is 2 parts boys to 3 parts girls). One fifth of 120 is 24, so the school is made up of 48 boys (2x24) and 72 girls (3x24).

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

48 boys and 72 girls
This is a tough one! You need to divide 120 into 5 equal parts (since the total, 120, is 2 parts boys to 3 parts girls). One fifth of 120 is 24, so the school is made up of 48 boys (2x24) and 72 girls (3x24).

7. A school enrolls 120 pupils and the number of boys was two thirds the number of girls. How many of each sex were enrolled?

  • 40 boys and 80 girls
  • 24 girls and 96 boys
  • 45 boys and 75 girls
  • 48 boys and 72 girls

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The kidneys and liver are the filtration systems of the body!

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Kidneys and liver.
The kidneys and liver are the filtration systems of the body!

8. Where is the blood carried to be purified?

  • Heart.
  • Kidneys and liver.
  • Left and right ventricles.
  • Gallbladder.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Blue Ridge Mountains are in Appalachia, USA. The Himalayas lie partly on the Indian and Nepalese border. The Andes are in South America, and the Alps lie between France and Italy. All exceptional places for skiing!

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Appalachia, India/Nepal, South America, France/Italy
The Blue Ridge Mountains are in Appalachia, USA. The Himalayas lie partly on the Indian and Nepalese border. The Andes are in South America, and the Alps lie between France and Italy. All exceptional places for skiing!

9. Locate the following mountains: Blue Ridge, Himalayas, Andes, Alps.

  • Appalachia, India/Nepal, South America, France/Italy
  • Appalachia, Pakistan/Afghanistan, South America, France/Spain
  • Rocky Mountains, India/Nepal, South America, France/Spain
  • Rocky Mountains, India/Nepal, North America, France/Italy

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Erie Canal was built between 1817 and 1825 to connect the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes
The Erie Canal was built between 1817 and 1825 to connect the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

10. What waters are connected by the Erie Canal?

  • Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes
  • Lake Michigan and Lake Erie
  • Pacific Ocean and Lake Tahoe
  • The Hudson River and the Delaware River

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The liver produces bile, which helps with digestion.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Below the diaphragm; bile.
The liver produces bile, which helps with digestion.

11. Where is the liver located? What does it secrete?

  • Above the diaphragm; bile.
  • Below the diaphragm; bile.
  • Above the diaphragm; plasma.
  • Below the diaphragm; plasma.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Battle of Palmito Ranch was fought on May 12 and 13 of 1865.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Battle of Palmito Ranch.
The Battle of Palmito Ranch was fought on May 12 and 13 of 1865.

12. Name the last battle of the Civil War.

  • Battle of Palmito Ranch.
  • Battle of Bull Run.
  • Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Battle of Antietam.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

"James was struck by William" changes the sentences from the ACTIVE to the PASSIVE VOICE.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

James was struck by William.
"James was struck by William" changes the sentences from the ACTIVE to the PASSIVE VOICE.

13. 'William struck James.' Change the voice of the verb.

  • James struck William.
  • James was struck by William.
  • William was struck by James.
  • William hit James.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

"Parsing" used to be a common term in schools. In this case, "bridge" is an noun, and it is the object on which the action occurs.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Singular noun, object of sentence
"Parsing" used to be a common term in schools. In this case, "bridge" is an noun, and it is the object on which the action occurs.

14. In the sentence 'John ran over the bridge,' parse the word 'bridge.'

  • Singular noun, subject of sentence
  • Regular verb, active voice, present tense
  • Singular noun, object of sentence
  • A structure built to span physical obstacles such as a body of water

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The biggest states in the US in 2015 are Alaska, Texas, and California. However in 1912, Alaska was not yet a state, and so the largest states by area were Texas, California, and Montana.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Texas. California. Montana.
The biggest states in the US in 2015 are Alaska, Texas, and California. However in 1912, Alaska was not yet a state, and so the largest states by area were Texas, California, and Montana.

15. Name in order of their size the three largest states in America.

  • Texas. California. Montana.
  • Florida. Wyoming. California.
  • Nevada. California. Arizona.
  • Oregon. Louisiana. California

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The War of 1812 was fought by the United States against Britain, Canada, and their American Indian allies. The US declared war for several reasons, including the forced recruitment of American merchant sailors into the British Navy.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

British trade restrictions, forced recruitment of Americans into the British Navy, and British support for American Indians
The War of 1812 was fought by the United States against Britain, Canada, and their American Indian allies. The US declared war for several reasons, including the forced recruitment of American merchant sailors into the British Navy.

16. Give the causes of the war of 1812.

  • British trade restrictions, forced recruitment of Americans into the British Navy, and British support for American Indians
  • French ambitions to annex Canada and keep Louisiana, and their support for American Indians
  • Mexican incursions into America's southern states, their annexation of California
  • All of the above

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Declension is the the variation of the form of a noun, pronoun, or adjective, to indicate its grammatical case, number, and gender.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

I, me, my, mine, myself, we, us, our, ours, ourselves
Declension is the the variation of the form of a noun, pronoun, or adjective, to indicate its grammatical case, number, and gender.

17. Decline "I"

  • I, you, he she, it, we, you (pl), they
  • I, me, my, mine, myself, we, us, our, ours, ourselves
  • No thanks

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The numbers are much easier to write as numbers :)

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

three millionths; six hundred fifty-three and nine hundred sixty-five ten-thousandths
The numbers are much easier to write as numbers :)

18. Write these two numbers in words: .000003, 653.0965

  • three millionths; six hundred fifty-three and nine hundred sixty-five ten-thousandths
  • three thousandths; six hundred fifty-three and nine-tenths sixty-five hundredths
  • three millionths; six hundred fifty-three and nine six-thousandths and five ten-thousandths
  • three ten-millionths; six hundred fifty-three and nine hundred sixty-five millionths

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Traditionally the eight parts of speech are nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Eight
Traditionally the eight parts of speech are nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.

19. How many parts of speech are there?

  • Three
  • Eight
  • Nine
  • Thirteen

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Ohio River is the largest tributary of the Mississippi River, so it's bordered by a large number of US states.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Illinois
The Ohio River is the largest tributary of the Mississippi River, so it's bordered by a large number of US states.

20. Name the states touching the Ohio River.

  • Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  • Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
  • Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Illinois

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The properties of verbs are person, number, tense, voice, and mood. These properties describe all the ways in which verbs can vary, depending on the type of action they describe and to whom it is attributed.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Person, number, tense, voice, and mood.
The properties of verbs are person, number, tense, voice, and mood. These properties describe all the ways in which verbs can vary, depending on the type of action they describe and to whom it is attributed.

21. What properties do verbs have?

  • Person, number, tense, voice, and mood.
  • Active, passive, tense, and case.
  • Person, place, and thing.
  • Voice, mood, place, person, and thing.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

2 foot 4 inches is exactly 2 and 1/3 feet. There are 5280 feet in a mile, so in 2 and 1/3 miles, a man will take 5280 steps of 2 and 1/3 feet!

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

5280
2 foot 4 inches is exactly 2 and 1/3 feet. There are 5280 feet in a mile, so in 2 and 1/3 miles, a man will take 5280 steps of 2 and 1/3 feet!

22. How many steps of 2 foot 4 inches will a man take in walking 2 and 1/3 miles?

  • 212
  • 1425
  • 5280
  • 77529

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