Webmonk alerted me to a post on Freakonomics about a test for eighth graders from 1895.
The urban legend site Snopes labeled this as “False.” But the only false part of it seems to be the claim that it shows a decline in educational levels from then to now. The Snopes writer says that any test will look hard if you haven’t studied for it.
But he doesn’t dispute that this is an actual test from 1895. In fact, here it is from the library that holds the original document.
What this does show is what eighth graders studied and were expected to learn in 1895.
Finally, speaking of eighth graders, consider this.