Most of us don’t remember everything we learned in our grade school days. The basic stuff might have stuck with us, but a lot of the finer details like names, dates, and equations are long gone.

Recently, an eighth-grade test from 1912 in Bullitt County, Kentucky, was discovered. Students were expected to take this test at the end of the school year as a “common exam,” which, considering the content of the test, might be a bit shocking…

Some of the questions are a little outdated, but just be happy that you didn’t have to attend school in 1912. Could you answer any of these questions today?

There’s a good chance that you have a basic working knowledge of many things you learned from your many years in grade school, though you’ve probably forgotten the majority of the stuff you didn’t end up using in your daily life.

This eighth-grade test from a school in 1912 in Kentucky will show you that the things children were required to learn back then were far more difficult than you remember. Take a look at these spelling words. No autocorrect for them!

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Could you imagine having to tackle the arithmetic portion of the test? This is no joke. Math is already a difficult subject for many people, and this test only makes it look harder. Perhaps the people of Kentucky needed to know these things?

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There’s no way that anyone needs to know so many of these questions. Sure, they’re designed to challenge a child’s brain and make them smarter, but these are practically useless. Since when do people use half-cents to pay for things?


And if you thought the arithmetic portion of the eighth grade test was hard, just take a look at the grammar portion. Number six looks particularly difficult  to answer. “Adjectives have how many Degrees of Comparison?” Beats us!

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If you thought you knew your geography, you might be mistaken. “Name and give the capitals of States touching the Ohio River.” Hmm, do you have any idea? How about, “Through what waters would a vessel pass in going from England through the Suez Canal to Manila?” Bet you don’t miss middle school so much, do you?

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Physiology looks pretty difficult, to be honest. “How does the liver compare in size with other glands in the human body? Where is it located? What does it secrete?” “Compare arteries and veins as to function. Where is the blood carried to be purified?” Uhh…

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As if that wasn’t enough, the Civil Government portion looks particularly daunting. Is it even possible to name five county officers and their duties without Googling it these days? Many of us would probably be right to admit it’s not!

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If you thought the final history portion was going to be any easier, guess again. “Sketch briefly Sir Walter Rawleigh, Peter Stuyvesant.” And what about “Who discovered the following places: Florida, Pacific Ocean, Mississippi River, St. Lawrence River?” It’s just so much to remember.

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Well, it’s safe to say that school used to be much more difficult for children and teenagers in the past. There’s no way most kids would have any idea about the answers to these questions! Better luck next time, so they say.

Holy smokes… If you want to check how you scored, here is a list of the answers. Did you do as well as you thought you would?

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