The following were taken from a 5th grade textbook published in 1909:
* How many pounds of sugar, at $0.06 a pound, can be exchanged for 9 pounds
of butter at $0.32 a pound, and 12 dozen eggs at $0.18 a dozen?
* A lady sold some butter at $0.32 a pound and with the sum received bought
16 yards of cloth at $0.90 a yard, 4 hats at $3.00 each, 4 ties at $0.24
each, and 4 pairs of gloves at $0.55 each. How many pounds of butter did she
* $65 is the value of 5/6ths of an acre of land. At this rate, how many
acres of land can be bought for $6396?
* How many pecks are there in 17.5 bushels?
* A market gardener bought 20 yards of carpet at $1.25 a yard and paid for
it in potatoes at $0.05 a quart. How many bushels were required.
Contrast the above with today's typical 5th grade test:
* How much is 2 plus 2 (Hint: the answer is not a color)?