Teacher Test – 1900

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Some examination questions. The examination has been completed in reading, state school law, history, grammar, arithmetic, physiology, orthography and theory and practice.

*The following are some of the questions given in arithmetic:

1. A man walks across the diagonal of a lot 8 rods long and 6 rods wide,4 times a day instead of walking around the corner on the sidewalk. How much time does he save in a year of 300 days if he walks at the rate of 3 miles an hour?

2. A vessel can sail up stream at the rate of 8 miles an hour and downstream at the rate of 12 miles an hour. How far can it go down stream and up in 5 hours?

3. (a) Find the entire surface of a cylinder 10 inches long and 8 inches in diameter. (b) Find the number of cubic inches in the same cylinder.

4. What number subtracted 88 times from 80.005 will leave .013 as a remainder?

5. A pole was broken 52 feet from the bottom and it fell so that the end struck 39 feet from the foot. Required, the length of the pole.

Must know the law

*In school law the following are some of the questions asked:

1. To whom may petitioners appeal in case the county superintendent’s decision is not satisfctory to them? When must the appeal be made?

2. Has a teacher the power to suspend a pupil?

3. Name the legal holidays belonging to teacher and school.

4. Who adopts the textbooks for the state? How often may they be adopted?

5. How may a school district now adopt free textbooks?

6. What offices of the executive department may the legislature abolish?

*In grammar the applicant must answer, among ten questions, the following:

1. Illustrate by properly constructed sentences five uses of capital letters.

2. Give an example of a complex declarative sentence; of a complex interrogative sentence; of a complex imperative sentence.


3. Illustrate the use of a prepositional phrase; of an infinitive phrase; of an adjective clause; and of a clause used as the object of a verb.

4. Correct the following sentences, giving the reasons: (a) New York is larger than any city in America. (b) This opinion is becoming more universal. (c) He took it to be he.

Questions for Wagner

*In geography the following questions would worry Harr Wagner:

1. Define altitude, latitude, equator, meridian, climate.

2. Name five foreign ports with which Puget Sound has commercial relations.

3. Name the form of government and capital city of (a) England, (b) Brazil, (c) France, (d) Russia, and (e) Switzerland.

4. Name a state characterized by an abundant production of (a) rice, (b) wheat, (c) cotton, (d) sugar, (e) lumber, (f) coal, (g) copper, (h) tobacco, (i) hops, (j) oranges.

5. Sketch a map of Washington showing (a) the mountain ranges, (b) four largest cities, (c) two largest rivers, (d) two principal railroad lines, and (e) boundary.

6. On which waters would a traveler pass to go from Tacoma to Paris by water route?

7. Discuss the commercial importance of the Trans-Siberian railway.

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