The following excerpts are actual answers given on history tests and in
Sunday school quizzes by children between 5th and 6th grade ages in
Ohio.
They were collected over a period of three years by two teachers. Read
carefully for grammar, misplaced modifiers, enough misinformation to
satisfy
Donald Rumsfeld and, of course, spelling!
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Ancient Egypt was old. It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who all
wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert.. The climate of the
Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
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Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread,
which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide
to get the ten commandos. He died before he ever reached Canada, but he
commandos made it.
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Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines. He was a
actual hysterical figure as well as being in the Bible. It sounds like he
was sort of busy too.
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The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we
wouldn't
have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a young female moth.
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Socrates was a famous old Greek teacher who went around giving people
advice. They killed him. He later died from an overdose of wedlock
which is
apparently poisonous. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic
decline.
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In the first Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits,
and
threw the java. The games were messier then than they show on tv now.
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Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The
Ides of
March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king.
Dying,
he gasped out: "Same to you, Brutus."
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Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw for
reasons I don't really understand. The English and French still have
problems.
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Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen". As a queen she was a success.  
When
she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah!"  and
that
was the end of the fighting for a long while.
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It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented
removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the
circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because
he
invented cigarettes and started smoking.
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Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper which
was
very dangerous to all his men.
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The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was
born
in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money
and
is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and
hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter.
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Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couple. They lived in
Italy.
Romeo's last wish was to be laid by Juliet but her father was having
none of
that that I'm sure. You know how Italian fathers are.
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Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was MiguelCervantes. He wrote
Donkey
Hotey. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise
Lost.
Since then no one ever found it.
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Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress.
Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of  
the
Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing
two
cats backward and also declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot
stand." He was a naturalist for sure. Franklin died in 1790 and is
still
dead.
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Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother  
died
in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own
hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation
Proclamation.
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On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got
shot in
his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe
the
assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This
ruined
Booth's career.
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Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large
number
of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which kept up
in his
attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous
composer
in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian,
and
half English. He was very large.
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Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf that he
wrote
loud music and became the father of rock and roll. He took long walks
in the
forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in
1827 and
later died for this.
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The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and
inventions .
People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine.
The
invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up.
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Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a
hundred men.
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Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits but I don't know why.
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Charles Darwin was a naturalist. He wrote the Organ of the Species. It
was
very long . People got upset about it and had trials to see if it was
really
true. He sort of said God's days were not just 24 hours but without
watches
who knew anyhow? I don't get it.
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Madman Curie discovered radio. She was the first woman to do what she
did.
Other women have become scientists since her but they didn't get to
find
radios because they were already taken.
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Karl Marx was one of the Marx Brothers. The other three were in the
movies.
Karl made speeches and started revolutions. Someone in the family had
to
have a job, I guess.
Kids and the Way They
Interpret History
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