How would you score on this 1945 English grammar test?

True confession: I love quizzes. 😀

BabaMail has a 15-questions quiz on English grammar, taken from a test administered in 1945. The quiz says:

Someone once said: “Good grammar is like good philosophy.” Indeed, grammar is a kind of deeper understanding of a language…. These 15 questions were taken from an English test administered in 1945. In those days, there were no spell checks, and people wrote long letters, so good grammar was a must in proper society. Care to give it a go? Make us proud!

To take the quiz, click here, then report back to us on your score, please.

I got 15/15, which I’d expected because I’m kinda “anal” about grammar. 😉

~Eowyn

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greenworxx
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greenworxx

I got 14/15…….missed the math one. I love quizzes too!

Jackie Puppet
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12/15.

I’m still amazed that far too many people today don’t know the difference between lose & loose.

William
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William

What’s the difference between lose and loose? Don’t axe me

Alma
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Alma

Jajaja oops, hahaha

William
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William

14/15. Can’t remember which one I missed, got distracted. Quizzes give me flashbacks and cause me to hyperventilate. But I got through it by repeating, “It’s an FOTM quiz, it can’t hurt you.. 🙂

vbhunt
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vbhunt

My score was 15/15. Sadly, most of my students would have trouble scoring higher than 3/15.

Goldbug
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Goldbug

14/15 .. don’t know which one I missed either. Didn’t think I missed any.

DCG
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14/15. I always confuse the use of lay/lie…

greenworxx
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greenworxx

As a child, my mother would remind us that hens “lay” eggs.

Truckjunkie
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Truckjunkie

12 of 15. I missed Affected/Effected,can’t remember which others,but I DID get the Math one right. (I think it was my Senior year Math Instructor who dropped that one into a Test,and I ALMOST screwed up,but caught it before I finished the Test and corrected my answer.) I was SO PROUD! I was always a D student in Math,and she told me I was one of only 3 students got that one right,out of 36. So far,here,I’m the Dunce of the class,but that’s okay-I’m BRILLIANT at some OTHER things. And I can drive a Twin Stick. (If that makes no… Read more »

William
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William

I learned to drive on a stick in a truck with no brakes. In Maine they used to say a good driver doesn’t need brakes, if you want to slow down you downshift. There are no dunces here my friend, we all have something to contribute

Watertender
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Watertender

I kept trying to take the test but it would always want me to sign up for a website so I declined to finish. I can drive a 2 Stick Mack if needed. B61 Quadruplex was what I broke in on. My PHD brother in law actually asked “How can you drive a car with 3 pedals with only 2 feet”? He is not the brightest bulb in the room…

Jackie Puppet
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I got that pop-up, too, so I just made up some dummy email with a site that I’m pretty sure is non-existent.

For example: (efkdlfnoe@nveifdfnp.com)

William
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William

I had to sign up and they asked for email. I made one up and they wouldn’t accept it. They knew! Maybe because my email address is stored in the browser, firefox. Anyway now my inbox is being flooded with stupid crap

William
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William

I don’t imagine grammar is taught in schools anymore, probably because it’s not considered empowering or it reinforces the white patriarchal power structure or something. Language without grammar is like a football game played without rules. AOC provides a case in point of how English has devolved to unintelligible babbling utterances. This is her intro for Bernie who was campaigning in Iowa: “So here’s the deal. I, you know, and what it also — and so the deal is — sorry. And here’s the deal. The deal — I’m like, I got so much going on in my mind because… Read more »

greenworxx
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greenworxx

I’m sure grammar is on the list to be labeled “racist”.

Alma
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Alma

Not bad for me, 14 -Math always does a number on me!

TrailDust
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10 / 15
Oh well, back to the books to keep on learnin.

Michael Garrison
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Michael Garrison

I also scored 15/15.
I got ’em all wrong. Lol.

Lily
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Lily

Scored 13/15 whilst not being a native speaker of the English language. Thought most of the questions were rather tame, math however is not my forte.