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Old 10-01-2002, 03:15 PM   #1
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Great object lesson for kids!!!
A lady had recently been baptized.

One of her co-workers asked her what it was like to be a Christian. She was caught off guard and didn't know how to answer; but when she looked up, saw a jack-o-lantern on the desk and answered: "It's like being a pumpkin."

The co-worker asked her to explain that one.

"Well, God picks you from the patch and brings you in and washes off all the dirt on the outside that you got from being around all the other pumpkins. Then he cuts off the top and takes all the yucky stuff out from inside. He removes all those seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc.

Then he carves you a new smiling face and puts his light inside you to shine for all to see. It is our choice to either stay outside and rot on the vine or come inside and be made something new and bright."

I'll never look at a pumpkin the same way again !!
If God be for us, who can be against us?
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Old 10-01-2002, 03:38 PM   #2
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Isn't that cool?! Someone shared this story with me when I was baptized a few months ago. I love it -- thanks for sharing!

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Old 10-01-2002, 09:47 PM   #3
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Cheesecake, Can I borrow your Pumpkin Patch for this?

Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such stated
that they only had an eighth-grade education?

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 Salina, Kansas, USA.
It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley
Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, Kansas and reprinted in the Salina Journal.


1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.

2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no

3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.

4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do,
lie, lay and run.

5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.

6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.

7. -10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that
you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.


1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.

2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many
bushels of wheat will it hold?

3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts.
bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?

4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary
levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for

5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.

6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.

7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20
per meter?

8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.

9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance
around which is 640 rods?

10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.


1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.

2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.

3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.

4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.

5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.

6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.

7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn,
and Howe?

8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800,


1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography,
etymology, syllabication?

2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?

3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, sub
vocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?

4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.

5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e'. Name two exceptions
under each rule.

6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.

7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi,
dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup

8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following and name
the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise,
blood, fare, last.

9. Use the following correctly in sentences, cite, site, sight, fane,
fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.

10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation
by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.


2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?

3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?

4. Describe the mountains of North America.

5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba,
Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.

6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.

7. Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.

8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same

9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the
sources of rivers.

10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.

This gives the saying of an early 20th century person that
"he only had an eighth-grade education" a whole new meaning.
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Thank God I graduated HS. Never could have passed these tests. Now we know why that generation has all the money.
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened!
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Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns

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