From "stanza" to "Orinoco" -- could you have passed this 8th grade final exam in Salina,KS in 1895? Good grief --eight essays in the U.S. history section, my favorite subject, in 45 minutes? Ouch! It's amazing how 20+ years of education has conditioned me to take tests: as I skimmed through the questions, my brain was automatically sorting them into "quick & easy," "medium," and "save for last" categories. I'm just glad I didn't have a whole separate class in orthography...though in 7th grade I did have a whole year of geography, apparently rare these days. (Via Kottke.org)

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