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Determining the Facts

Document 2: High School Admission Test Taken by William Howard Taft

Questions Submitted to Grade A, Intermediate Schools, For Admission to High Schools.


1. Where and by whom were the thirteen original States settled?

2. State the causes of the "French and Indian War." Name two of the principal battles fought, the commanders on each side, and the victorious party. What territory did England gain by the war?

3. When was Jamestown settled? St Augustine? When and by whom was the Hudson River discovered? The Mississippi? The Pacific Ocean?

4. Name the chief cause of the "Revolution." How long did it last? When, where, and by whom, on the part of the Americans, was the treaty of peace concluding the war signed?

5. Name one of the principal battles fought during each of the years of the Revolution, the commanders on each side, and the victorious party in each.

6. When and where was negro slavery introduced into America; and when and by whom was the emancipation proclamation issued?

7. When was the Federal Constitution adopted; and what was the first State admitted into the Union after its adoption?

8. What territory was acquired by the United States during Jefferson's administration? How was it obtained?

9. State the causes of the war of 1812. Name two of the most important engagements on land, two naval battles, the commanders on both sides in each, and the victorious party in each engagement.

10. State the causes of the late war. Name two important battles, the commanders on both sides, the victorious party, and the chief results of war.

(Forty-First Annual Report for the School Year Ending June 30, 1870, Common Schools of Cincinnati. Cincinnati: Wilstach, Baldwin & Company, 1870, p. 126)

Document 2 is a copy of a test William Howard Taft passed to gain entrance into high school. He graduated second in his class at Woodward High School in 1874 and second in his class at Yale in 1878.

Questions for Document 2

1. Write down as many answers as you can to the questions above. Compare your answers with other students to find out how many you answered correctly.

2. What is the "late war" referred to in Question 10?

3. What do you think the reaction would be if students had to answer these questions to enter high school today? Would such a policy be a benefit to education in today's schools? Why or why not?



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