English Grammar High School Entrance Exam

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Although the material is a little blurry, this document is a High School Entrance Examination in English Grammar (1924).  The column on the left indicates the marks awarded for each correct answer and the column on the right provides the student with questions to answer.

Here’s a clear version of the first question:

Question 1 (Each part is worth ten marks – 2×5)

When the husband returned at noon, he threw the skin of a wolf, still quite warm, at the feet of his wife, who enquired whether he had seen any of the herd of deer which had passed the cabin on the previous day.  Although he had evidently heard her question, he made no reply but, turning again to the door, disappeared into the forest.

  • (a) Write in full the subordinate clauses in the above extract, and give the kind and the the relation of each.
  • (b) Write the adverb phrases, and state what each phrase modifies.
  • (c) Give the part of speech and the relation of each italicized word.

How would you have fared on this question?


School in 1941

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These pictures were taken at S.S.#13, Adam’s School in Ameliasburgh, Ontario, by the teacher – Mr. Donald Johnson.

This class is similar to most others in Prince Edward County.  The children were different ages, working on the lessons written on the blackboard. Different sections of the blackboard would be dedicated to different grades.

The cabinet in the first photo held all of the school supplies.  The only heat source for the classroom is the wood stove at the rear of the room and the pipe that crosses the ceiling.  Students would have worn heavy clothing to stay warm.  The teacher would have also had students rotate desks to share the warmth.  Cold temperatures also meant that ink would freeze.

The classroom has definitely changed from the early Canadian one-room schoolhouse.