Friday, June 26, 2009

7 Quick Takes Friday Vol 29


Welcome to Friday! Like last Friday, this is an exciting day for us because it means that tomorrow we will be in one of our most favorite places in the whole world! When we were last there almost two years ago my camera was in the process of breaking, so hopefully this time I will get some nice pictures to share. Unfortunately you cannot take pictures of the beautiful interior, although I understand why - it would totally ruin the peace.


Well, it is about time that our neighborhood finally went green!

Here it is almost July and the beans are just starting to come up. I never thought that I'd see a 4th of July where the corn wasn't knee high, either. Although I suppose it could still pass depending on whose knee you're comparing it to!


Since I don't have much time to put this together and I will be gone most of next week, I'll share with you an email I got the other day. In it was a supposed (sorry, I just don't believe things I get in emails are really legit anymore!) 8th Grade Final Exam from 1895. Even if it isn't legit, it still makes me shudder because I know I would not have passed. Is this what we should be teaching our kids????? Oh well, I figure if you're like me, it will take you all of next week to figure out the answers and by the time you get done, I'll be back! Ready, set, GO...

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,''play,' 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.


Arithmetic (Time,1 hour 15 minutes)
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 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. 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 the cost of 6,720 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 metre?
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 of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt

(I'll combine History and Geography since this is "7 Quick Takes" and not "8")

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 territorial 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.

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 , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. 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.


Orthography (Time, one hour)
[Do we even know what this is??]

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, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' (HUH?)
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.


  1. Oh . . . have a fantastic, safe trip!!! I wish I were going to be going there sometime soon! It is just so peaceful, so tranquil, so easy to feel God's presence there!! Where are you staying? How long are you gone for? Please keep us in your prayers! I am still praying that this baby would like to come on his own and I can avoid the amnio on Monday and the induction on Tuesday! We'll let you know further details once we have them!! God Bless!!! ~Jenni

  2. I have seen that 8th grade test before...remember...when voluntary public schooling began in this country, the objective was to EDUCATE. Generally, it began at age 8 and ended by age 12...and only lasted 3-4 months per year. Children were integral members of each working family and couldn't be spared more than that. Since there was no such thing as High School, all that was needed to be educated, was to know how to educate one's self through reading and exploration. Hmmm. something to think about!
    Have a great trip.
    Pax Christi