Are You Smarter Than An 8th Grader From The 1800’s

1800s 8th graders today would fail this test from the 1800’s. So would their teachers. Thanks Internet. You’ve made us dumber.

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Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications.
3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb. Give Principal Parts of. lie, lay and run
5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft deep, 10 feet long and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050lbs. for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per meter?
8 Find bank discount on $300 for! 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.


  1. Roadrash Hicks

    February 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Snopes says this is false…

  2. Foggy_Otis

    February 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Observations of a high school teacher- As dumber generations reproduce, the decrease in intelligence (not to mention work ethic) and the increase in sense of entitlement are exponential! Sadly, this girl has become the new norm.

  3. Pepper's Dead Dad

    February 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I just have one question, can I use my notes?

    • indpendnt

      February 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      @Pepper’s Dead Dad open BOOK! Bitches!

  4. zel

    February 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I’m smart enough to use Snopes to check an improbable test!

    • Kevin in SC

      February 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

       Yup.  This email made the rounds quite a few years ago.   Its even older than the sniper at the Super Bowl pics

  5. JonNockels

    February 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Yeah…well….they’re all dead. So I AM smarter than them.

  6. veryspookyghost

    February 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Any 1800’s 8th grader smart enough to pass this test is still getting beat up

  7. Jeff0015

    February 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I didn’t see questions that comprehensive until college.

  8. Igglesphan

    February 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    nope I’m not.

  9. TheMaskedListener

    February 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I aced this. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to ice skate in my dorm room.

    • Kevin in SC

      February 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm

       Smart People on ice!

  10. Punk0

    February 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    It’s true.  We don’t even have an elixir that will cure all of our ills anymore.

  11. Linuxdood

    February 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Give me my Nexus 7 and I will blow them all away.
    Seriously, give me the text books they used to study and I will take the test.  These questions are not truths we should all know since birth for fuck sake.   Let me give them questions from todays 8th graders.

  12. TBVickroy

    February 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Ain’t nobody got time for that!

  13. The Pickle

    February 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I failed but at least i have microwave to warm up food that i took out of my refrigerator! Face!

  14. indpendnt

    February 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Got Word and a calculator. I passed!

  15. Ronjon

    February 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    As Colbert said. Gay!!!

  16. karlgeorge

    February 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    This is why back then, most people dropped out of school by the 8th grade.  School has gotten so much easier since it became compulsory, but it’s made the average person smarter.

  17. Clover leaf

    February 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I’m sorry ma’am I got a splinter sharpening my pencil. I must take my leave to dispense with my estate and prepare my obsequies.

  18. K Dubya

    February 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    When all my siblings survived past infancy I already won!

  19. StevieCalifornia

    February 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I miss playing games on my TI-83.

  20. DrunkEpiphany

    February 11, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Why would they use the metric system? (Question 7 in math)  Seems fake.

  21. FinkM3

    February 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    it’s not about what you can remember, it’s about if you can understand it because you can look up all these useless facts but can you apply them?