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    Exam Questions for Year Three, Term Two

    March 5, 2011 by Brandy Vencel

    It’s that time again! Actually, for most of you, it isn’t that time. But I planned our year strangely this year in order for our calendar to fall around days we needed off. So, we finished a term this past week, which means I am holding another exam week next week. As usual, I’m posting the questions. I figure this is helpful, as Ambleside has not completed that portion of the website.

    Some of my questions are a little more specific than a normal Ambleside examination. For instance, Ambleside says “tell me about your favorite Bible character from this term.” I have learned that I cannot be so broad with this particular child. He is very detailed, and he would likely write me a ten-page paper on Moses. Actually, he’d probably try to write me a ten-page paper and then get really, really made at me for giving him such an assignment. So I asked him something specific about a character I already know he enjoyed reading about.

    I will be curious to see if, when my next child begins examinations, I will find those broad questions to be absolutely perfect for her. I have a feeling they will be.

    Another thing I do differently (when compared to Ambleside) is that I do not test math during examinations. I suppose it’d be easy enough to throw in a few questions based upon whatever he’s done each term, but I have never bothered to do this.

    Exam week at our house has two main portions. First, there are three days of written exams. For next week, these will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We also have one evening of oral exams. My understanding is that Charlotte did most of her exams orally with this age (the Year Three students), but this particular child does well with written narrations, so I have chosen to use a combination of written and oral exams.

    Here are the questions for the written examinations:

    1. Did Moses get to enter the Promised Land? Why or why not? (Monday)

    1. Tell me a fairy story from one of our books. (Monday)
    2. Write a poem. (Thursday)
    3. Write a tall tale. (Wednesday)

    1. Tell everything you know about Sir Francis Drake. (Thursday)
    2. Tell everything you know about Elias Howe inventing the sewing machine. (Wednesday)

    1. Write your name in cursive. (Monday)
    2. Write your brother’s and sisters’ names in cursive. (Thursday)

    1. Describe your favorite painting by Caravaggio. It is okay to go and look at it—I want you to focus on using your best words to tell about it. Don’t tell me which one it is. See if I can guess using only your description to identify it. (Wednesday)

    And here are the questions for the oral examination:

    1. How did Jesus treat little children?
    2. The Israelites complained a lot after they left Egypt. Why? What kinds of things happened to them when they started to complain?

    Memory Work
    1. Recite The Beggar Boy by Cecil Francis Alexander
    2. Recite the parable of the net (Matt. 13:47-50 KJV)

    1. Using the globe, tell us about the many years Marco Polo spent in Cathay. What adventures did he have?

    General Science
    1. What have you noticed about ducks?
    2. Tell us something you learned on Granny Miller this term?

    1. Tell us the story of the Taming of the Shrew.

    3. Who was Medeia and what did she do? Follow up: Ought Jason to have married her?
    4. Tell us about the life of Shakespeare.
    5. Who was Oliver Cromwell? What did he do?
    6. Tell us about John Calvin.

    1. Sing ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

    Read More:
    A Charlotte Mason Examination
    Examinations: What’s the Point?
    Examinations: Reflections, and Two Sample Answers

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  • Reply Mystie March 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Our narrations are improving, but I am dubious a term (and ours is only 6 weeks long) exam would go very well without the warning that he’s going to need to keep that knowledge. 🙂 Hence, it is probably all the more necessary for and beneficial to us.

    I spent Friday afternoon reading your posts, and AO’s, and Charlotte Mason Helps’ article, and I wrote up my post on SLT’s last law on review, and I think I have a grip on the idea and a lovely vision of an ideal….now I just need the energy and will to turn that into reality. 🙂

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts March 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Mystie, It would be very nice of you to warn him at the beginning of the term, but I must admit I didn’t do that the first time! My reason was simple: I didn’t decide until the last minute that I was going to do it. I really had resigned myself to waiting until Year Three, but then I decided I was capable of writing an exam (and he capable of taking it) at the tail-end of Year Two, and so I dropped it on him. He did surprisingly well…thankfully…

  • Reply Mystie March 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Very good. I could probably pull it together enough to have a practice round next term. 🙂

    I am thinking I would have to prepare him at the beginning….

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts March 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Pam, Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

    Mystie, I know that CM did exams for all of the children in her school, regardless of age, but I didn’t start until the last term of Year 2, and that was mainly for practice. So, to me, you are right on track. 😉

    Grace, If you want your papers to be misspelled, and/or your sixes to be written backwards, then maybe my children can help. 🙂

    Naomi, Glad to help! If you end up posting YOUR exam online, I’d like to see how yours is different. There aren’t many folks posting exam questions…

  • Reply Naomi March 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

    This is sooooo helpful! Thank you so much for posting it!! We have exams in 2 weeks and I plan on using this with a few tweaks.

  • Reply Gracie March 6, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Wow. I want you to be my teacher! Would your kids like to swap their exams with me? Never too early to start looking at income statements and balance sheets! 🙂 Ok, on the serious side, I’ve been glancing at your blog on and off and am very impressed with your abilities and patience for all of this. Your kids are very lucky.

    Love you friend! And YES, I will make a trip out there…hopefully before this year ends!

  • Reply Mystie March 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I thought briefly about implementing exams this year, partly to “practice,” but those thoughts were jettisoned early on. 🙂

    As I plan our next year, though, which will begin in June, I am going to be more serious about doing some style of exam (since our terms are half as long as yours, I’m hoping we can get by with a one day exam).

    I really appreciate your outlining all this and giving examples!

  • Reply Pam... March 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    You go girl!

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