Are you smarter than...? See how you do on these 1800s and 1900s test questions

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20 2013 11:49 p.m. MDT

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According to a Snopes article, the following five questions were prepared by the Examiners of Teachers for the Public Schools in Zanesville, Ohio, and were given in the late 1870s:
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rnoble
Pendleton, OR

Interesting exercise; but flawed in the answers regarding forms of government. Even in 1912 we were a republic here in the U.S. I believe the best and to my knowledge only true democracy was ancient Greece. And in 1912 there were a myriad of absolute Monarchies to choose from so expecting Russia to be the answer is only pandering to our probably more complete knowledge of the revolution that had already begun(but was largely unknown by the common U.S. resident at the time) in Russia. To suggest that France of 1912 was a republic is sophistry as it is now evident that their ruling class had only been supplanted by newcomers instead of the true abolishment the French Revolution was supposed to have brought to pass.

J-TX
Allen, TX

"Subjunctive mood: Subjunctive mood is the verb form used to express something that is contrary to fact (i.e., "If I were a rich man.")"

Well, that is partially right. Also, a case in which there is doubt, suspicion or incredulity, as well as when expressing an emotion (i.e. I wish that you were taller", or "Would that he were arriving now!")

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Many people consider Snopes to be an infallible source of truth. Fact is this organization is just a hand full of people. They classify many things as false that don't fit their belief system.

They are generally accurate but far from 100%

J-TX
Allen, TX

Interesting that the section on punctuation includes a definition of a semicolon which references a comma, but the section omits the definition of a comma, which is far more common.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Did they have WebMD in 1895? Hmmm....

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

A very fact-based test, but lacks in critical thinking skills. With the amount of information that exists today, a trite fact-based test is no longer as important as the ability to acquire factual information and utilize those facts effectively to solve problems or provide critical analysis.

Daddiooh
Orem, UT

Well, it is official--I'm dumb.

Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

Question 7 has some errors:

Whole numbers are positive integers. Negative integers are not whole numbers.
The fractions are not the only numbers that are whole numbers. Irrational numbers are not fractions nor whole numbers. (Simple example: the square root of 2 is neither a fraction nor a whole number)

Both of these definitions are faulty.

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