Some of the questions are difficult for Moderns to answer because the historical and geographical background has changed since 1912. In Arithmetic Question 3, for example, "kalsomining" means "whitewashing" and whitewash was a calcium solution used by the poor as a cheap substitute for the paint they could not afford. In History Question 10, "magnetic" should probably be "magneto." Either that or it is meant to be the Magnetic Telegraph and the comma between the two is stray.
While you cannot take the spelling test after seeing the words, it is instructive to see what sort of words kids were expected to spell. Note that there is a typo in "endeavor" ("eneeavor"). It is also evident that students in 1912 were still expected to be conversant with the War of 1812, perhaps because the 100th anniversary was au courant. Of course, the 200th anniversary recently passed without even a blip on the popular news-o-tainment shows. So much for the dawn's early light.
We don't know what was required to pass the exam. (TOF suspects the traditional 75%; but we don't know if all the questions had equal weight.) Nor do we know what percentage of students did pass it or with what grades.
TOF's Faithful Reader is invited to try his luck. The folks at Bullitt Co. prepared an answer sheet, but TOF took issue with some of the answers they gave. They seemed to over-think some of the questions.
|TOF's school in 1912, somewhat before TOF attended|
What a bunch of grimy urchins