Can You Pass an 8th-Grade Test From One Hundred Years Ago?

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In the U.S., what is the supreme law of the land?

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land in the U.S. It sets up the government and protects basic right.

1+2+3+4+5 = ___.

1+2+3+4+5 = 15. Being able to do basic arithmetic was important for school children 100 years ago.

100 years ago, students _____ to school.

100 years ago, students had to walk to school. Usually, students lived at least within a four- to five-mile distance.

What are the first three words of the constitution?

“We the people” are the first three words of the constitution. These words represent the idea of self-government.

What is an amendment?

An amendment is a change or addition to the Constitution. There were originally 10 amendments to the Constitution.

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

The first ten amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. The first amendment grants us freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press, as well as the right to petition the government.

What is the largest continent by size?

Asia is the largest continent by size. The second largest continent is Africa.

What is the smallest continent by size?

The smallest continent by size is Australia. The smallest continent by population is Antartica.

Which is included in Oceania?

Oceania includes Australasia, Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. That means Australia, New Zealand and the many islands to the north and east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean.

Which is the most popular fruit in the world?

The banana is the most popular fruit in the world. More than 100 billion are consumed annually.

The liver is _____.

The liver is an organ in the body. It serves many functions, and the human body could not survive without it.

What is the biggest spider in the world?

The largest spider in the world is the tarantula - specifically, the goliath birdeater tarantula. The tarantula lives in the Amazon basin.

Apricots come to us from _______.

Apricots come to us from China. Alexander the Great brought them to Europe over 2,000 years ago.

Schoolhouses used to have ______.

Most schoolhouses 100 years ago had only one room. It would be heated by a fireplace, and one teacher taught grades one through eight together.

The school season was based on what?

The school season used to be shorter, based on the crop harvest. Attendance was only 59%.

How many planets are in the solar system?

There are eight planets in the solar system. The solar system would have been defined differently for 8th graders 100 years ago, but today we recognize Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Students used to _____ their lessons.

Students used to have to memorize their lessons. Some subjects included reading, writing, arithmetic, history, grammar, rhetoric and geography.

Which is the largest land animal?

The largest land animal is the African elephant. This animal is considered to be one of the Big Five.

Students used to write on _____.

Students used to write on a slate, and they would use chalk. There was no Staples back then! LOL.

The body system that involves bones is known as the ______ system.

The body system that involves bones is known as the skeletal system. Other systems include digestive, cardiovascular and lymphatic.

The Declaration of Independence announced our freedom from ______.

The Declaration of Independence announced our independence from Britain. The document was created in 1776 and is considered one of the most important documents of our history.

The Declaration of Independence offers ______.

The Declaration of Independence offers life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Thanks heavens for that!

What is the economic system of the United States?

The United States has a capitalist economy. Capitalism allows for competition and a free market.

Students were sometimes subjected to ______.

Unfortunately, things were more strict 100 years ago. Bad students could expect a lashing.

In the U.S., the president is part of which branch of government?

The president is part of the executive branch of government. The other branches are legislative and judicial.

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. It was adopted on July 4, 1776.

Which canyon is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World?

The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, although it isn't actually the largest. It can be found in the great state of Arizona.

True or False: School lunches used to be served.

It’s false that school lunches used to be served. Kids had to bring their own lunches if they wanted to eat at all.

Where is the longest international border in the world?

The longest international border can be found between the U.S. and Canada. It’s also one of the most peaceful borders in the world.

What is the world’s largest hot desert?

The world’s largest hot desert is the Sahara. It can be found in Africa. The largest cold desert, or polar desert, is the Antarctic Polar Desert.

Which continent has the most countries?

The continent of Africa has the most countries. There are 54 countries in Africa. (This would have been different 100 years ago.)

North America is predominantly _______.

North America is predominantly Christian. About 80% of people in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico call themselves Christian.

Where are the two smallest countries in the world?

Europe is home to the two smallest countries or territories in the world. These are Monaco and Vatican City.

Which is the most famous museum in the world?

The most famous museum in the world is the Louvre in Paris, France. It receives about 10 million visitors each year.

Students finished school at _____ grade.

Students finished school at 8th grade. For most, that was the end of their education, commencing with a last exam.

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About This Quiz

Do you know what it was like to be a student 100 years ago? Some things were similar, and some things will surprise you. In this quiz, we’re going to see if you’re as smart as an 8th-grader from 100 years ago.

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