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    26 Feb '14 18:34
    This has some USA-centric questions.

    I got 5 out of 32 wrong.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/2013/0812/1912-eighth-grade-exam-Could-you-make-it-to-high-school-in-1912/Arithmetic
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    26 Feb '14 18:53
    Originally posted by JS357
    This has some USA-centric questions.

    I got 5 out of 32 wrong.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/2013/0812/1912-eighth-grade-exam-Could-you-make-it-to-high-school-in-1912/Arithmetic
    3 wrong...and these on American History...last battle of the civil war? sellting of Maryland?
  3. Standard memberChessPraxis
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    26 Feb '14 20:48
    This illustrates how our society in general has brushed aside true education and force feeds today's youth a bunch of fluff.
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    26 Feb '14 21:26
    Originally posted by ChessPraxis
    This illustrates how our society in general has brushed aside true education and force feeds today's youth a bunch of fluff.
    Here in Ontario they just push kids through by "finding" marks to get them from a 32% mark to a 51%. No kid "fails". And they wonder why they have kids entering universities who can't read, write or do "simple" math at anything above a grade 7 level.
  5. Kronoberg
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    26 Feb '14 21:48
    25 out of 37 or 68%. Who discovered which state and such questions were the most difficult.
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    26 Feb '14 21:59
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    3 wrong...and these on American History...last battle of the civil war? sellting of Maryland?
    Very good and welcome to the high school class of 1916.

    Given the 100-year difference, a multiple choice question about the last battle of the European theater of WWII would be comparable. There were a few others like that.
  7. Zugzwang
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    26 Feb '14 22:55
    Originally posted by JS357
    This has some USA-centric questions.

    I got 5 out of 32 wrong.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/2013/0812/1912-eighth-grade-exam-Could-you-make-it-to-high-school-in-1912/Arithmetic
    One error: 'By whom was Maryland settled?'
    I could not quite recall if it's George Calvert or, his son, Cecilius Calvert.
    So I guessed the father, who died a few weeks before the charter for
    Maryland was officially approved.

    I was not certain if I could 'Name (all) the states touching the Ohio River',
    but I guessed right.
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    27 Feb '14 11:58
    Originally posted by Duchess64

    I was not certain if I could 'Name (all) the states touching the Ohio River',
    but I guessed right.
    That was the third I got wrong...
  9. Zugzwang
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    27 Feb '14 20:341 edit
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    That was the third I got wrong...
    I suspect that many Americans today who don't live near the Ohio River
    could not correctly name *all* the states that it touches.

    It was easy for me to answer the question about the last battle of the
    US Civil War through a process of elimination. I knew that the famous
    battles of Antietam, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga took place long before
    the war's end, so there was only one possibility remaining.
  10. SubscriberSuzianne
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    27 Feb '14 20:391 edit
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    I suspect that many Americans today who don't live near the Ohio River
    could not correctly name *all* the states that it touches.
    Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania 😀

    I always got good marks in Geography, esp. US Geography.
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    27 Feb '14 20:47
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania 😀

    I always got good marks in Geography, esp. US Geography.
    did they teach geography in the us back in the day?
  12. Zugzwang
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    27 Feb '14 20:50
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    One error: 'By whom was Maryland settled?'
    I could not quite recall if it's George Calvert or, his son, Cecilius Calvert.
    So I guessed the father, who died a few weeks before the charter for
    Maryland was officially approved.
    A modern major American dictionary of English lists George Calvert
    (aka Lord Baltimore) as 'the founder of Maryland'. It does not mention
    Cecilius Calvert--the 1912 test's 'right answer'--at all.

    In my view, the question 'By whom was Maryland settled?' is confusing.
    George Calvert was the prime mover behind the settlement of Maryland.
    He set the wheels in motion and just happened to die a few weeks before
    the charter was officially approved. If the 1912 test had wanted the right
    answer to be *unambiguously* Cecilius Calvert, then it should have asked
    this question, 'Who was the leader of the new colony of Maryland when it
    received a charter from King Charles I of England?'
  13. Zugzwang
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    27 Feb '14 20:55
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania 😀
    I always got good marks in Geography, esp. US Geography.
    In contrast, I found the questions about naming countries in the Balkans
    much easier.
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    I was born in 1982 so no chance but I did get a math degree from Coventry uni.
  15. Zugzwang
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    28 Feb '14 18:37
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    That was the third I got wrong...
    When I was asked to 'Name (all) the states touching the Ohio River',
    I guessed right, yet it was an educated guess, not a blind guess.
    I had to ascertain the river's location, direction, and extent.

    I began with the knowledge that, of course, the Ohio River touched Ohio.
    Is its direction more likely to be East-West or North-South?
    I assumed the former's much more likely, but I did not know its extent.
    So then I figured out which states were near Ohio on an East-West axis.
    Then I selected the answer that seemed closest.
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