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December 01, 2002
Those were the days

For all of my readers who enjoy being told just how precipitately Western Civilisation has been collapsing lately, here is an 1895 8th Grade Final Exam from Salina, Kansas. Thanks to fellow Samizdata scribe Dale Amon for the link.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 02:50 AM
Category: Examinations and qualifications

Debunked here

Comment by: Allen on December 1, 2002 04:05 AM

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Comment by: Allen on December 1, 2002 04:06 AM

I have to say that this always seemed a bit far-fetched to me (as Snopes demostrates). This test doesn't really ask for very much education, as it omits nearly all science, mathematics and literature. Rather it asks (mainly) for historical and linguistic trivia.

Comment by: Lucas Wiman on December 2, 2002 04:58 AM

You must be kidding.
I've a first from Oxford University. I've a measured IQ of 158.
I'm completely stumped, and I've a room full of reference books behind me.
I suspect the reasoning behind such questions was strictly practical - aside from the history section, you can just about dream up an economic reason for teaching each area of this impossible exam, especially in the case of nineteenth century children.
Incidentally, whilst at Oxford I came across a stack of unused 19th century papers for my own subject - I couldn't handle them, either.

Comment by: James Hamilton on December 4, 2002 12:15 AM


Comment by: John Ray on December 4, 2002 11:50 AM
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