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Worrying About Coming Final Exams?


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#1 MaraM

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 10:24 PM

Wow, I fear I would fail the standard Grade 8 test that was given to students in 1895 - eep!

The following few questions were taken from the final exams original document on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society in Salina, Kansas ... the remainder of the questions can be seen at source:
http://mwhodges.home.att.net/1895-test.htm)

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, subvocals, 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, super.
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.
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Posted 03 May 2007 - 11:58 PM

I think I might be able to about 1/2 of them, but first, what do these words mean, and are they real words????

diacritical marks and by syllabication.


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Posted 04 May 2007 - 01:22 AM

I suspect 'way back then', teachers may have used the longest words possible - gentle grin. What the students were being asked was to provide accent marks and divide the words into syllables. As for question #3 - well, I'd flunk that one for sure!

Teaching methods change and materials taught change, but some things seem to stay constant - exams. Never thought they were entirely 'fair' as while some of us whiz right through tests, others, often incredibly smart students, do horribly on any kind of test. Or maybe final exams no longer count as 50% of one's grade?
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Posted 04 May 2007 - 01:49 AM

My Wife is doing a Course at College,and they don't have final Exams.Instead you are marked on approx 8 large Assignments per year.I think this is far better when a student is judged on their performance throughout the year,instead of a Final Exam.I for one and indeed a lot of my Class Mates years ago,were so nervous as so much depended one Exam. We were so nervous that we actually got a complete Mental Blockage,when in fact we knew most of the these Questions in the Exam Papers. My 2 cents worth.















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Posted 04 May 2007 - 09:14 AM

I was fortunate in that my college grades were usually dependent either on a paper or essay questions (literature, history, philosophy were my major/minor at differing times). My only worry was that my hand would get tired answering a lot of essay questions in stacks of bluebooks, or that I would run out of carbon paper before I had finished typing my last paper.
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Posted 04 May 2007 - 10:01 AM

My only worry was that my hand would get tired answering a lot of essay questions in stacks of bluebooks, or that I would run out of carbon paper before I had finished typing my last paper.

In later HS and college courses my only worry was that I'd run out of beer and pizza. :thumbsup:

I only achieved about 70% on the above test. I guess I didn't pass.

My eigth grade finals nearly killed me way back when...
Taken over a full school week, 12 of us had to write out answers to questions posed to us individually.

Pure pain for over 35 hours that week, as all responses were written on chalk boards.

Scratch, scratch, squeek, SCHREECH!!! SCHREECH!!!

The questions weren't all that hard, I passed with honors.
It was the answers that hurt!
I still believe our teacher was a sadist.
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Posted 04 May 2007 - 01:55 PM

Those were pretty tough. I also had penmanship classes til the eigth grade. I write very nicely now. My kids ,so so. A lot of teaching is omitted or deemed uneccsesary today. It's all part the dumbification process.
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