I agree that people are dumbing down in terms of their linguistic skills - just look at all those commas splices and greengrocers' apostrophes.
The geography is also much harder than we'd expect of modern-day 8th graders. I guess that's the inevitable result from developments in the
sciences, however. For example, modern 8th graders would be expanding and factorising polynomials, constructing geometric proofs, proving
trigonometric identities, and so on. Had 19th-century students even heard of all that stuff?
I'll try out some of the grammar ones just for fun:
1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
-At the beginning of sentences
-In titles of books, films, music, etc.
2 . Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications.
The parts of speech are: noun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunctions, complementisers (considered subordinating conjunctions at the time),
interjections, pronouns, prepositions, articles, determiners
Those without modifications: complementisers, prepositions, pronouns, articles, conjunctions, interjections, determiners
3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
LOL, no idea what the difference between stanza and verse is.
A paragraph is different in that it is a division of prose.
4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of lie, lay and run
5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
There are only three cases in English:
-The nominative case: I am a boy.
-The objective case: Don't eat me!
-The genitive case: That pie is mine!
English has no distinct accusative or dative case, so I lumped them together in objective.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
o_0 Don't you need an hour just to do this question?
7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.
I'm not gonna do this one.
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