8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas – 1895

This is the eighth-grade final exam* from 1895 from Salina, Kansas. It was taken
from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society
and Library in Salina, Kansas and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

This is the arithmetic section of the test:

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. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. 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 inch?
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.


Snopes has this as false. (Thanks Brendan)


  1. I’m a little bit confused as to why this is labelled as ‘false’ on Snopes. I will admit that the commentary on the “shocking nature of our educational decline” (etc.) is flawed, but nowhere have I caught mention of any faking, embellishment, or other disproving of this test’s authenticity. Is this test real – actually created for an 1895 Kansas 8th grade class – or isn’t it?

  2. I’m from Kansas, and I have seen this test before. It was handed out in class (I think in our Freshman year), and NO, students are not expected to take such a test. (And hell no, I don’t think I could have passed it if we did.)

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