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AO Exam Key Yr 8 AmblesideOnline.org

AmblesideOnline Exam Key Year 8

Term 1 - Term 2 - Term 3




Year 8 Term 1

Bible
   1. Give three logical arguments to defend your faith. (The Case for Christ)
   2. Tell about Deborah, Gideon, or Samson. (Judges 4-5; 6-8; 13-16)
   3. "As long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord." Describe the occasion when these words were used, and quote from Hannah's thanksgiving. (1 Samuel 1:28)
   4. What did Jesus teach about "an eye for an eye"? or, "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men. . ." Why not? (Matthew 5:38; 6:1)

Writing/Penmanship
   Write 8-10 lines of poetry from memory.

Dictation (unprepared)
Although our forefathers tried to make the pageants as real as possible, they had, of course, no scenery, but acted on a little bare platform. They never thought either that the stories they acted had taken place long ago and in lands far away, where dress and manners and even climate were all very different from what they were in England. (from History of English Literature, ch 32)

Composition/Literature
   1. What were "Moralities"? Give an account of Everyman. (History of English Literature, ch 34)
   2. Describe a scene from Westward Ho!
   3. Write two verses about Una and the Red Cross Knight.

English Grammar
   1. Write a sentence using a preposition, and identify the prepositional phrase.
   2. Choose "bad" or "badly." She felt bad/badly about missing the meeting. (bad)
   3. Change the verb to past tense. After a harrowing tangle with a jellyfish, Camilla swims safely to the shore. (swam)
   4. Identify parts of speech for the italicized words. For nouns, say also whether the noun is singular or plural. For verbs, say also whether the verb is in past, present, or future tense. Amyas, as I suppose, was right. Gilbert was a man who could be angry enough at baseness or neglect, but who was too kindly to punish it; he was one who could form the wisest and best-digested plans, but who could not stoop to that hail-fellow-well-met drudgery among his subordinates which has been the talisman of great captains. (from Westward Ho!, ch 13) ANSWERS - suppose: verb, present tense; was: verb, past tense; at: preposition; the: article (adjective is also correct); plans: noun, plural; among: preposition; great: adjective

World History
   1. Give a sketch of Luther's career and of the Diet at Worms. (Churchill's New World ch 1, 2)
   2. Explain the disagreement between King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More, and tell how it ended. (Churchill's New World ch 3, 4)
   3. Give an account of Cardinal Wolsey. (Churchill's New World ch 4)
   4. Describe the reign of Queen Mary. (Churchill's New World ch 7)
   5. What do you know about the Spanish Armada? (Churchill's New World ch 9)
   6. Name seven famous men of the days of "Great Elizabeth." Say something about two of them. (Churchill's New World ch 10)

Geography
   1. On a map, identify the Holy Roman Empire of King Henry VIII's day. (Churchill, ch 4, map in book.)
   2. Write everything you know about a) navigation by sea, b) mapmaking, in the time of Columbus, or, sketch a map of Great Britain, putting in boundaries, towns and chief physical features, and describe two places you would like to visit.
   3. List by name at least 2 or 3 islands discovered by Columbus. (Columbus) Describe one of them in detail. Or, describe three changes that resulted from Columbus's discovery of the new continent. (Charles Mann's "1493")

Natural History and General Science
   1. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.
   2. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.
   3. How do roots lift water in plants? (First Studies of Plant Life ch 12)
   4. What do know of Galileo? (Great Astronomers)
   5. What do you know about ascorbic acid? Or, explain how a molecule is like "a large and well-packed suitcase." (Napoleon's Buttons, ch 2 or Marvels of the Molecule, pg 20)

Citizenship/Government (Plutarch)
   1. Use the Year 7-10 Questions for this term's Plutarch from this page.
   2. Name two Desires and explain how each can both help or hinder us. (Ourselves, pg 66-80)
   3. Give some differences between false love and real love. (Ourselves pg 81-86)

Arithmetic/Geometry (Questions from your math program may be substituted.)
   1. Jared and Cole ordered a large pizza. Jared ate 40 percent of the pizza and Cole ate 2/5 of the pizza. What percentage of the pizza did they eat in all? (80 percent)
   2. 60 million plastic bottles are disposed of in the US every day. How many is that per hour? (2,500,000)
   3. A car traveled 281 miles in 4 hours 41 minutes. What was the average speed of the car in miles per hour? (60)
   4. Find the value of two numbers if their sum is 12 and their difference is 4. (8, 4)

Foreign Language
   1. In your foreign language, write a letter making a request.
   2. Describe a picture in your language book, using your foreign language.

Picture Study
   1. Describe a picture from this term's picture study.

Recitation
   Father should choose a poem, two Bible verses and/or a scene from Shakespeare learned this term for student to recite.

Music (such as playing an instrument)
   Parent or instructor should assess child's progress.

Music Appreciation
   1. Tell about your favorite piece of music from this term.
   2. Question to be taken from this term's Composer Study here

Singing
   Sing your favorite folksong and hymn from this term.

Handicrafts
   Show some work in handicrafts from this term to someone outside your family.




Year 8 Term 2

Bible
   1. Write out three logical reasons showing the validity of Christianity. (Mere Christianity/More Than a Carpenter)
   2. "He loved him as he loved his own soul." Give an account of this friendship. (1 Sam 20:17)
   3. What was Nathan's message to David? Why was it sent, and what was the result? (2 Samuel 12)
   4. Tell the parable of the sower and its meaning. Or, "Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?" Explain. (Matthew 13:1-23; 15:3-20)

Writing/Penmanship
   Write 8-10 lines of poetry from memory.

Dictation (unprepared)
There was now the poet who wrote his poems to be read in quiet and the poet who wrote his, if not to be sung, at least to be spoken aloud. But there had been, as we have seen, a time when the minstrel and the monkish stream had touched, a time when the monk, using the minstrel's art, had taught the people through ear and eye together. For the idea of the Miracle and Morality plays was, you remember, to teach. (History of English Literature ch 44)

Composition
   1. Tell one episode from I Promesi Sposi (The Betrothed) or Westward Ho!
   2. "All the world's a stage." Explain. (History of English Literature ch 46)
   3. Tell something of Sir Walter Raleigh. (History of English Literature ch 51)

English Grammar
   1. Write sentences using the conjunctions but, yet and because.
   2. Write sentences showing correct use of "loose" and "lose."
   3. Is the italicized word an adverb or adjective?
            She is a graceful dancer. (adj)
            He spells well. (adv)
   4. Identify parts of speech for the italicized words. For nouns, say also whether the noun is singular or plural. For verbs, say also whether the verb is in past, present, or future tense: And there the survivors sit, beside the silent stream, beneath the tropic moon; sun-dried and lean, but strong and bold as ever, with the quiet fire of English courage burning undimmed in every eye, and the genial smile of English mirth fresh on every lip. (Westward Ho! ch 23) ANSWERS - sit: verb, present tense; beneath: preposition; tropic: adjective; but: conjunction; fire: noun, singular; eye: noun, singular; English: adjective

History
   1. Tell what you know of Guy Fawkes. (Churchill's New World ch 11)
   2. Give an account of The Mayflower. (Churchill's New World ch 12)
   3. Describe King Charles I's gradual decline from constitutional government. (Churchill's New World ch 16?)
   4. Describe the New Model Army and trace the growth of Cromwell's power. (Churchill's New World ch 16)
   5. "Traitor Scot sold his King for a groat." Tell the story. (Churchill's New World ch 18)
   6. Tell about Plymouth Plantation or Johannes Kepler. (History of Plymouth Plantation or Kepler biography)

Geography
   1. Explain the theory Heyerdahl set out to prove. Or, tell about coins, weights and measures used in Russia. (Kon Tiki or Discovery of Muscovy ch 2)
   2. Contrast Quito with the jungle of Quevedo. Or tell about some manners, usages, and ceremonies of the Russians. (Kon Tiki ch 3 or Discovery of Muscovy ch 4)
   3. "Not a day passed but we . . . were visited by inquisitive guests which wriggled and waggled about us . . ." What were some of these creatures? Or, tell something of King Alfred's "the geography of Europe." (Kon Tiki ch 4 or Discovery of Muscovy)

Natural History and General Science
   1. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.
   2. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.
   3. Explain how plants make starch and what they give off as a by-product. (First Studies of Plant Life, ch 15-17)
   4. What did Phineas Gage's accident teach scientists? Or, What do you know of Kepler?
   5. What is phenol or isoprene? Or, How does soap clean? (Napoleon's Buttons, ch 7-8 or Marvels of the Molecule, pg 30)

Citizenship/Government (Plutarch)
   1. Use the Year 7-10 Questions for this term's Plutarch from this page.
   2. What is the difference between democracy and liberty? (Whatever Happened to Justice)
   3. Explain how the institution of slavery works in Utopia. (Utopia)

Arithmetic/Geometry (Questions from your math program may be substituted.)
   1. If a cab ride costs $1.20 for the first one-tenth of a mile, and $0.90 for each additional one-tenth of a mile, how many miles is the cab ride that costs $12.00? (1.3 miles)
   2. At a basketball tournament involving 5 teams, each played each other team once. How many games were played in all? (10)
   3. If one leg of a right triangle is 18 cm and its area is 108 square cm, what is its perimeter? (51.6 cm)
   4. A tray can hold 234 eggs. If there are 18 rows in a tray, how many columns are there? (13)

Foreign Language
   1. Imagine you're going on a trip. In your foreign language, write a list of instructions (in complete sentences) for the person who will be watching your house.
   2. Describe a picture in your language book, using your foreign language.

Picture Study
   1. Describe a picture from this term's picture study.

Recitation
   Father should choose a poem, two Bible verses and/or a scene from Shakespeare learned this term for student to recite.

Music (such as playing an instrument)
   Parent or instructor should assess child's progress.

Music Appreciation
   1. Tell about your favorite piece of music from this term.
   2. Question to be taken from this term's Composer Study here

Singing
   Sing your favorite folksong and hymn from this term.

Handicrafts
   Show some work in handicrafts from this term to someone outside your family.




Year 8 Term 3

Bible
   1. Explain what pursuing pleasure means for worship, marriage, money or missions. (Desiring God ch 6-9)
   2. Describe the visit of the Queen of Sheba and the magnificence of Solomon. Or, Why did Jeroboam set up two calves of gold? Describe the denunciation that followed at Bethel. (1 Kings 10; 12:28)
   3. Give an account of the greatest commandment. (Matthew 22:34-40)
   4. Tell about the sheep and the goats. (Matthew 25:31-46)

Writing/Penmanship
   Write 8-10 lines of poetry from memory.

Dictation (unprepared)
For if I be bound to pray for all that be in distress, I am sure that I am bound, so far as it is in my power, to practice what I pray for. And though I do not wish for the like occasion every day, yet let me tell you, I would not willingly pass one day of my life without comforting a sad soul or shewing mercy. And I praise God for this occasion. (History of English Literature ch 55)

Composition
   1. Tell something about George Herbert, Robert Herrick or John Milton. (History of English Literature ch 55, 56 or 57)
   2. Describe an episode from I Promesi Sposi. (The Betrothed)
   3. Summarize one of Milton's poems you read this term.

English Grammar
   1. Write a sentence listing items separated with commas.
   2. Give an example of a statement, a question, and an exclamation (with correct punctuation).
   3. Write sentences showing correct use of "your" and "you're."
   4. Identify parts of speech for the italicized words. For nouns, say also whether the noun is singular or plural. For verbs, say also whether the verb is in past, present, or future tense: When her mother informed Lucy that Renzo was well and in safety, she derived great relief from the intelligence, desiring but one thing more, which was, that he should forget, or rather, that he should endeavour to forget her. (I Promessi Sposi ch 27) ANSWERS - when: adverb; informed: verb, past tense; well: adjective; safety: noun, singular; which: pronoun; forget: verb, present tense (infinitive is also correct); her: pronoun

History
   1. Give an account of the civil war between the Roundheads and Royalists. (Churchill's New World ch 19)
   2. Who was the "Lord Protector?" Tell about him. (Churchill's New World ch 20)
   3. Who was the Merry Monarch? Tell about him. (Churchill's New World ch 22)
   4. Tell about the great plague and the Great Fire of 1666. (Churchill's New World ch 22)
   5. What is the difference between Whig and a Tory? (Churchill's New World ch 24)
   6. What do you know about William III Prince of Orange? (Churchill's New World ch 26)

Geography
If you read Raleigh's Discovery of Guiana, you'll need to select topics from that book in place of what's listed here.
   1. Summarize a day at sea on the Kon Tiki.
   2. Describe Easter Island. (Kon Tiki ch 6)
   3. Describe a Polynesian Island. (Kon Tiki ch 8)

Natural History and General Science
   1. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.
   2. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.
   3. How do plants form fruit? (Fist Studies of Plant Life, ch 23)
   4. What is the dark side of freons? Or, What is the 2,6,10 rule? (Napoleon's Buttons, ch 16 or Marvels of the Molecule, pg 78)
   5. Give some account of Leeuwenhook. (Microbe Hunters)

Citizenship/Government (Plutarch)
   1. Use the Year 7-10 Questions for this term's Plutarch from this page.
   2. Discuss the Courage of sticking to our opinions. (Ourselves pg 115)
   3. Explain two areas in life where we are obligated to show Loyalty. (Ourselves pg 118-125)

Arithmetic/Geometry (Questions from your math program may be substituted.)
   1. Ansel has a job collecting eggs. He is paid $3.00 per hour and 20 cents for each egg he finds. If Ansel collects an average of 12 eggs per hour and earns a total of $21.60 for one day's work, how many hours has he worked? (4)
   2. Brian had 48 jelly beans. He ate 5/8 of them; his sister ate 1/3 as many jelly beans as he did. How many jelly beans did his sister eat? (10)
   3. Write 3 3/8 as a decimal. (3.375)
   4. There are 13 animals in a barn. Some are chickens and some are pigs. There are 40 legs in all. How many of each animal are there? (6 chickens, 7 pigs)

Foreign Language
   1. In your foreign language, make up a dialogue between a shopkeeper and a customer.
   2. Describe a picture in your language book, using your foreign language.

Picture Study
   1. Describe a picture from this term's picture study.

Recitation
   Father should choose a poem, two Bible verses and/or a scene from Shakespeare learned this term for student to recite.

Music (such as playing an instrument)
   Parent or instructor should assess child's progress.

Music Appreciation
   1. Tell about your favorite piece of music from this term.
   2. Question to be taken from this term's Composer Study here

Singing
   Sing your favorite folksong and hymn from this term.

Handicrafts
   Show some work in handicrafts from this term to someone outside your family.