STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Charleston , W. Va. , May 3, 1928

 

My Dear Friend:

To you this is a very important day. For eight years you have been engaged in educational work, which, I trust, has been both pleasant and helpful.

You are now presenting yourself as an applicant for this diploma examination to see if you can meet the requirements necessary to complete the elementary course of study in this State.

Under section twenty-three of the school law it is made my duty to provide for such examinations and to issue to those who are eligible diplomas showing that they have satisfactorily completed the elementary school course. This diploma will entitle you, under the law, to certain recognition that you could not otherwise secure.

I sincerely trust you may fully appreciate what it means to you; that you may be able to do this work under the most favorable circumstances, and that you may have sufficient time to do it well. But remember that this examination is authorized by law, and that your attitude of honesty and fairness, as well as that of your teacher, in this examination is a reflection of your attitude toward all the laws of our State.

Don't become nervous, take your time and do the very best you can. Some high school in West Virginia is looking for you next fall.

Very sincerely yours,

George M. Ford,

State Superintendent of Schools.

 

  1. The following data should be written at the top of each sheet:
    1. Name of pupil.
    2. Name of subject.
    3. Name of school.
    4. Date
  2. Write on one side of the paper only.
  3. Number the answers to correspond to the questions.
  4. All manuscripts should be written with ink.
  5. In arithmetic complete solution should be given.
  6. No two pupils taking the examination should sit at the same desk.
  7. Pupils should not be permitted to leave the room or communicate with any one expect the person conducting the examination.
  8. Pupils should not ask the examiner to explain or give information or opinions about questions. Any reasonable interpretation of the questions will be accepted.
  9. Pupils should not use books, notes or helps of any kind.


STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FREE SCHOOLS
ELEMENTARY DIPLOMA TEST

GEOGRAPHY

May 3-4, 1928

Thursday, 9:15-10:45 A. M.

 

  1. Give reasons and methods of conserving our natural resources.
  2. Compare Germany and France as to natural regions, products, industries and future possibilities for development.
  3. Compare Hawaii and Alaska as to economic value to the United States , future development, climate and inhabitants.
  4. Name three or more places where each of the following are found in abundance: Petroleum, copper, gold, silver and lumber.
  5. Draw and outline map of West Virginia , including natural regions, capitol, products and locate your home county.
  6. Define the following: island, peninsula, isthmus, strait and archipelago.
  7. What effect has rotation on the earth? What effect as revolution upon the earth?
  8. Give a man directions for setting his watch in going from Chicago to San Francisco .
  9. Where is the Scandinavian peninsula ? What can you tell of the climate, life and industries there?
  10. Write a paragraph on Africa including: climate, resources, people and foreign possessions.

 

 

STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FREE SCHOOLS
ELEMENTARY DIPLOMA TEST

PHYSIOLOGY AND HYGIENE

May 3-4, 1928

Thursday, 10:45-12:00 A. M.

 

  1. Show by examples how the systems of the body are dependent on one another.
  2. Tell what bad effects may result to pupils from a desk:
    1. too low.
    2. too high.
  3. What are the advantages of having teeth of various shapes? Write a paragraph on the care of the teeth.
  4. Explain each of the following terms: nucleus, organ, cell, hygiene, cartilage, billi, immunity, vaccines, pasteurization and communicable diseases.
  5. Name the three kinds of foods. Plan one meal which will have the right proportion of the three foods in it.
  6. Discuss the three F's in sanitation (fingers, food and flies).
  7. Make a set of rules for sleep, including number of hours, air, bed and bedding.
  8. Compare the process going on in the body of the youth with that of the aged person.

 

 


STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FREE SCHOOLS
ELEMENTARY DIPLOMA TEST

READING

May 3-4, 1928

Thursday, 1:00-3:00 P. M.

 

  1. How in your reading have you explored the world of Nature? In what way do poets gain courage through animal or plant life?
  2. Call to memory a nature poem that you have studied. Describe the bird, flower or animal in the poem. Write from memory a stanza of the poem.
  3. Name five selections you have studied this year.
  4. Select and American author that you have studied and write a short biography of him. Give a quotation from one of his productions.
  5. Name five good current magazines with which you are familiar.
  6. Name and give authors of two humorous poems that you have read.
  7. Of what value has your school library been this year?
  8. Give and example of each of the various types of stories or poems: An animal story; a lyric poem; a narrative; legend; adventure.
  9. What five things must a pupil know about a book to use it effectively?
  10. Write a good paragraph explaining the West Virginia Pupils' Reading Circle . Name and give authors of four books you have read.

 


STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FREE SCHOOLS
ELEMENTARY DIPLOMA TEST

ENGLISH

May 3-4, 1928

Thursday, 1:00 – 3:00 P. M.

 

  1. Write a note to your mother asking her to permit you to remain at your grandfather's longer than she had planned. Give your reasons for wanting to stay.
  2. Give the correct titles for three of Longfellow's poems. (b) Of all his poems studied give the name of the on the you like best. (c) Quote at least six lines from the poem you have selected.
  3. Fill in the blanks with proper word:
    1. (Was or were) you as school yesterday?
    2. It was (I or me) who called you.
    3. She sings (good or well).
    4. I (lay or laid) down for an hour after school.
    5. That is the chair my grandfather (sat or set) in.
  4. Give four uses of capital letters. Illustrate each.
  5. Make an outline for a story of several paragraphs aabout eany subject you choose.
  6. Wire the entire first and last paragraph.
  7. Use the following words in sentences: delightful, campaign, severe, twilight, precaution.
  8. Wire the directions for playing a game. Be sure your sentences tell what to do and when.
  9. Give four rules to be observed when talking in public. Which is the most important? Why?
  10. Punctuate the following:

“This seems a very good country for boys but I have seen no boys I like nearly so well as mine we went on Saturday to a museum which is like the Natural History rooms only a great deal bigger we saw there a live chameleon.”

 


STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FREE SCHOOLS
ELEMENTARY DIPLOMA TEST

CIVIL GOVERNMENT

May 3-4, 1928

Thursday, 3:00-4:00 P.M.

 

  1. Name two ways in which a person may become a citizen of the United States .
  2. Of what value to you and your family are your state and national governments?
  3. What is patriotism? Suggest some thing a good patriot should stand for.
  4. Explain or illustrate the duties of each of the three departments of government (1) Executive. (2) Legislative. (3) Judicial.
  5. How are our schools in West Virginia supported?
  6. What does the State of West Virginia do with the money secured from the gasoline tax and from automobile licenses?
  7. What limit, if any, is put upon laws which may be passed for the state of West Virginia ?
  8. Write briefly-50 to 100 words-on the topic “Why an Education is Valuable to Me.”
  9. Compare the way in which a modern family lives with the way a family lived fifty years ago.
  10. Explain why a good citizen is willing to pay reasonable taxes.

ALTERNATES

  1. Give five rules for safety in driving an automobile or five rules for safety in walking a public highway.
  2. Discuss the use which a citizen should make the privilege of voting.
  3. Name three men holding public office in our national government, and three holding office in state or county government.

 

STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FREE SCHOOLS
ELEMENTARY DIPLOMA TEST

ARITHMETIC

May 3-4, 1928

Friday, 9:00-10:45 A. M.

 

(Solve any ten problems)

  1. Name ten of the most important kinds of problems that an eight grade graduate should know how to solve?
  2. Mary's grades for the school term of 8 months are as follows: 80%, 65%, 78%, 90%, 85%, 78%, 92%, 95%. What was her average grade.
  3. An oil stove holds 2 ½ quarts of oil. It is filled from an oil can which holds 2 gals. And 2 qts. of oil. How many times can it be filled from this can?
  4. A line is 48 inches long and is divided into two parts. One part is three times as long as the other part. Find the length of each part.
  5. A man owed a bill of $170, let it run for 3 years 3 months and 21 days and was then obliged by order of court to pay it with interest at 6%. His lawyer's fee was $25.00. How much did it cost him to settle the bill?
  6. There are 6 feet of water in a cistern 4 feet in diameter. How many gallons of water does it contain?
  7. Find the cost, at 30 center per square yard, for plastering the walls and ceiling of a hall 25 feet by 40 feet by 14 feet; no allowance being made for doors and windows.
  8. A rectangular school playground containing 1 ½ acres is 15 rods in width. What is its length in feet? Its perimeter in yards?
  9. The following load of lumber was delivered to a contractor. Find its value at $65. per thousand feet;
    1. 20 pieces 2” x 12” x 12'
    2. 45 pieces 1” x 8” x 18'
    3. 70 pieces 2” x 4” x 20'

•  How many revolutions will a wheel 2 feet in diameter make in going one mile?

  1. A man pays $5000. for a house. For enlarging and repairing it he spends 40% of this sum. He then sells it for $7840. What per cent does he make?
  2. A farm valued at $8000. is assessed at ¾ its value. If the tax rate is 3 mills on the assessed valuation, what is the amount of his taxes?

 

 


STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FREE SCHOOLS
ELEMENTARY DIPLOMA TEST

AGRICULTURE

May 3-4, 1928

Friday, 10:45-12:00 A. M.

 

  1. Of what value are bacteria to the soil? What crops should the farmer plant to add nutrifying bacteria?
  2. What ten (10) states supply more that 50 percent of our dairy cows?
  3. Write fully on the proper care of milk.
  4. What is being done today to suppress tuberculosis in dairy cattle?
  5. Of what value are birds to farmers? Name three useful birds. How can the boys and girls protect and care for the birds?
  6. Name three different seed testers. What can the school do to aid the farmer in a higher percentage of seed germination?
  7. How does the County Agricultural Agent aid the farmers in agricultural development?
  8. Name five values of the 4-H Club. List four projects.
  9. How can the soil fertility be built up by crop rotation? Name a good rotation for run down soils?
  10. What can the boy and girl do to make the farm home and surroundings more beautiful?

 


STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FREE SCHOOLS
ELEMENTARY DIPLOMA TEST

PENMANSHIP

May 3-4, 1928

Friday, 1:00 – 1:15

 

  1. Explain the difference between slant writing and vertical writing.
  2. Name the different movements, explain each and in a short paragraph explain the advantages of one over the other.
  3. Write the following:

 

…………….., W. Va.

May 4, 1928

Dear Reader:

In the execution of all your writing, let the hand move freely with the pen. Do not sacrifice too much freedom for form but see that each letter is executed with a bold movement. In writing a word always see what you are going to write instead of what you have written. Look ahead, not back.

Yours truly,

 


STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FREE SCHOOLS
ELEMENTARY DIPLOMA TEST

SPELLING

May 3-4, 1928

Friday, 1:15-1:45 P.M.

 


  1. refund
  2. location
  3. yoke
  4. employ
  5. modern
  6. inform
  7. estate
  8. regret
  9. partial
  10. punctual
  11. patience
  12. honorable
  13. mutual
  14. nephew
  15. salary
  16. delicious
  17. character
  18. government
  19. Reference
  20. cedar
  21. rheumatism
  22. jury
  23. consent
  24. contents
  25. analyze
  26. tyranny
  27. specification
  28. lieutenant
  29. emergency
  30. merit
  31. hereafter
  32. leisure
  33. career
  34. schedule
  35. efficient
  36. receipt
  37. alcohol
  38. sincere
  39. compel
  40. believe
  41. development
  42. religious
  43. burglar
  44. familiar
  45. privilege
  46. column
  47. macadam
  48. radiator
  49. political
  50. convention

 



STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF FREE SCHOOLS
ELEMENTARY DIPLOMA TEST

HISTORY

May 3-4, 1928

Friday, 1:45-3:15 P.M.

 

  1. What three countries led in the settlement of America ?
  2. Give the names of six men who where leaders in making the colonies independent?
  3. Do you think we were right in passing the Monroe Doctrine? Give the reasons.
  4. Give an explanation of those things that have made Abraham Lincoln famous?
  5. Name four American citizens who have lived in the last twenty-five years whom you consider great men and give reasons for their greatness.
  6. Why was West Virginia formed?
  7. It is said that Mound Builders once lived in this State. What evidence have we of their living here at some time?
  8. Name several of the important industries of our State?
  9. Which of our industries is the most important and what part has it played in development of the State?
  10. Describe the flag, the emblem, and the flower of our State.

 

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