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Eighth Grade Final Examination: 1918

Examination for Common-School Diplomas.



Saturday, April 6, 1918.

These questions are to be used only on the above date. The questions for each day must be opened in the presence of a majority of the examining committee as required by law.

An average of 80 per cent with no grade below 60 per cent is required for graduation. Grades of 80 per cent or more may be carried for two years.

Credit may be given on school work to the amount of 60 per cent in each subject.

The Subjects for Saturday, April 13, will be; a. m., Writing, Classics, United States History; p. m., Spelling, Grammar, Agriculture.

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

ReadingCivil Givernment
PhysiologyKansas History


(Elizabeth Spencer.)

(Answer any ten.)

1. Give author of a selection studied In classics. Which selection in classics did you like best? Why?

2. What is meant by "The Mystery of Life," as interpreted by John Ruskin? Give the story.

3. Give authors of "A Psalm of Life," "The Landing of the Pilgrims," "The Great Stone Face."

4. Give at least a fifty-word review of a selection in the classics.

5. What do you mean when you say, "He gives too much for his whistle"?

6. What do you mean by calling anything "a Barmecide feast"?

7. Give a memory gem learned this year.

8. Why does Henry Ward Beecher think the crow should be defended?

9. Write the story of "The Prodigal Son."

10. How did Tom defend Arthur in "Arthur's Prayer at Rugby"?

11. Tell the story of the fighting preacher in "The Rising in 1776."

12. Who wrote "The Three Graces"? Name them. Which is greatest of the three? From what book is the selection taken?

13. Where was Moses buried? Why was he not permitted to lead the Israelites into "the promised land"? In what book may we read the full story of Moses?

14. In "The House by the Side of the Road" explain: hermit, self-content, fellowless firmament, pioneer souls, highway of life.

15. From what book is "Antony's Oration" taken? Who wrote the book? Upon what occasion was the oration delivered? What was its effect upon the people?

16. In "The Legend of St. Christopher," give meaning of legend, signed the cross, Son of Mary, the grapes are sour, pilgrims.

17. Who wrote "The Builders"? What is every one building?

(H. I. French.)

1. Write 1918 in Roman numerals. Write your age in years, months and days.

2. Write a check for $60.86 to Frank White, signing your own name. What is meant by endorse, maker, face, payee?

3. Make out a slip of deposit to one of your local banks for the following amounts: Bills, $132; gold, $75; silver, $15.46; checks, S84.67, $28.21, and $17.40.

4. Write a promissory note for $344.32, supplying place, date, etc., as needed.

5. Find the date of maturity and amount due on that date on a note of $25, dated June 12, 1914, if the time is 2 years, 1 month, 11 days, and rate 5%.

6. Kansas has a length of 400 miles and a width of 208 miles. Ii a man should walk 3 miles an hour and 10 hours per day, how many days would it require to walk around the boundaries of the state?

7. 81 + .343=?

8. A farmer hired a man and a boy at a yearly expense of S480. The man received $25 a month. What part of the S480 did the boy receive? How many "baby bonds" could the boy buy with his part?

9. A and B invested equal sums in a business costing $4,000. At the end of the year they estimated their stock to be worth $6,200, bills receivable $1,348, and cash in the bank $480. What ought either give the other to secure the business?

10.If 17 Liberty bonds cost $850, what will 19 cost? Solve by proportion.


1. (a) What conditions influence the demand for different kinds of food for mankind? (b) What conditions determine the amount of food we eat?

2. (a) Why should all drinking water be pure? (b) How may water become contaminated?

3 What are the functions of the blood?

4. Does a healthy body need a stimulant such as alcohol? Why?

5 What organs in the human body help to eliminate waste materials? Describe the action of the kidneys.

6. Why is exercise necessary? Name some good forms of exercise, and tell why you believe them to be good.

7. (a) What causes most of our diseases? (b) Name a number of diseases caused by germs. (c) How can such disease be prevented?

8. Name some cheap disinfectants, and tell how they may be used.

9. Describe a good method of caring for milk on the farm.

10. Describe the treatment for drowning; for burning clothing.


1. Who has charge of building and improving roads in counties, townships and towns?

2. Why is it undesirable that foreigners be permitted to settle in groups in this country?

8. What are the qualifications of a voter in Kansas?

4. What are the different classes of U. S. mail? Give the rate of postage for each class.

5. What is meant by implied powers of Congress?

6. How are United States senators elected now?

7. Of what does the supreme court of the United States consist? The supreme court of Kansas?

8. What powers does the President of the United States now have?

9. Explain the meaning of the following terms: recall, initiative and referendum, impeachment, patent, copyright, quorum, franking privilege, lobbying, naturalization.

10. In what congressional district do you live? Who is your congressman?

(Anna Goddard.)

(Answer any ten.)

1. What bodies of water touch North America? Bound the United States.

2. Compare South America to North America as to size, shape, products, and population.

3. Name the northeastern states. Name three important occupations of the people of the northeastern states.

4. Name five products that we send to South America and three that we receive from South America.

6. Describe coal formation and coal mining. Name three regions that produce coal.

6. Name five countries of South America, and give capital of each.

7. Describe the surface and climate of the southern states. What effect has the climate upon the industries of the southern states?

8. Give the form of government of each of these countries and the title of its ruler: England, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal.

9. Describe the surface of the western states. Name the mineral products of the western states.

10. Compare the German form of government with that of the United States.

11. Name the western states, and give capital of each.

12. Describe the surface and climate of France.

13. How did the United States obtain Alaska? Give reasons which show it was a wise purchase.

14. Name three rivers, three peninsulas and three mountain chains of Asia.

15. Name three products that we export, and tell to what countries each is sent. Name three products that we import, and tell from what countries we receive them.

16. What and where are the following: Adriatic, Wales, Baltic, Kimberly, Nile, Rhine, Caucasus, Canton, Palestine, Appenines?


1. What dangers threatened the Kansas people during the Civil War?

2. What is meant by "equal suffrage"? "bone-dry law"?

3. Describe a journey along the Santa Fe trail.

4. What did the national government do to encourage the building of railroads in an early day through Kansas?

5. How did the North and the South encourage immigration to Kansas?

6. Who were the following men, and what connection do they have with Kansas: Pike, Lane, St. John, John Brown, and Robinson?

7. Name five Kansas writers and a book written by each.

8. Name and locate two large military encampments in Kansas.

9. For what wars has Kansas furnished soldiers?

10. What have the Kansas schools done, and are doing, to help win the present war?

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