OK, granted, it doesn't have quite the ring to it that "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" does, but still...
There's been a hoax going around for quite some time about a test that Kansas eighth graders purportedly had to take in 1895 in order to go on to the next grade -- the "test" is crammed with humdingers like, "Write ten words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and syllabication."
According to Snopes, that test is a fake. But on the page where they debunk the maybe-my-grandaddy's-eighth-grade-education-was-enough myth, they list an 1870s test for school teachers. I would have failed it sure as I'm alive, but one question I could actually answer. Let's see if I'm the only one.
Write the past tense and past participle of these verbs:
Two freebies as an example, and one hint: if you start each one with, "Today, I ___," "Yesterday, I ____", and "I have ____", it'll help a lot.
Today I Lay (Yesterday I Laid -- Past, I have Lain -- Past Participle)
Seek (Sought, Sought)
Past participles, in case you're wondering, indicate completed or past action, and are often paired with "has" or "have" (I have taken this test before.), or with a form of the verb "to be" to form a passive construction (This post was typed by my own two hands.).
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