19th Century English Exams

A recent posting of funny exam excerpts may have made you think that teachers are doing a much worse job than in the "old days" (or maybe made you think students are just dumber these days). Such thinking would be a mistake.


As evidence, we present these excerpts from 19th-century students' English exams:

(Source: English as She Is Taught: Being Genuine Answers to Examination Questions in Our Public Schools by Mark Twain, published 1887)

Posted February 6, 2009

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