Friday, December 08, 2006

Year 7 Exams- Term 1

I've been working on making examinations for the children since our term ended this week. Next week they will spend all week showcasing to mom and dad what they have learned. The questions are essay style, not 'fill in the blank'. Basically, the children narrate what they know into a tape recorder and on typed and written pages. I am trying to find out what they have learned rather than what they don't know. It also is a great way to reinforce/remind what has been studied several weeks earlier. My kids look forward to exam week. It's a nice change from regular studies. I learned how to make these by going over old PNEU exams. They gave me a good idea as to what to expect from a child this age. This exam is for my 13 yr old eighth grader. She is using the free and online House of Education Charlotte Mason style Curriculum (and really enjoying it).

HEO Year 7 Examinations Term 1
Half of your answers may be written and the other half may be typed. Be neat and avoid vague answers. Try to use new vocabulary that you came across in your readings this term as much as possible. Allow yourself approx. 20 minutes per answer. Use a timer. Have fun!

Four days this week, write a paragraph each day of an account from the OT that you have learned only this year.

Turn in your Bible Outline.

Beautiful Girlhood (My child's answers)
Describe in detail the kind of woman you wish to become. (Do this on Sunday)

Birth of Britain by Churchill (my child's answers)
Describe the major events and characters in the subjugation of Britain by the Romans.


Why are English people described as Anglo-Saxons? Give some account of
the history contained in this term.

Bede's Ecclesiastical History by Bede
In one paragraph tell what you know about Bede and the book he wrote. Why is it so well-known?

The Life of King Alfred by Asser (my child's answers)
How did Alfred set about to educate his people?


Give some account of his work in 'creating English literature.'

What principles guided King Alfred as he ruled his people?

Trial and Triumph by Hannula (my child's answers)
Tell the strengths and weaknesses of Charlemagne.

Turn in your World Timeline notebook.

The Brendan Voyage by Severin (my child's answers)
Choose any two of the following and answer as complete as possible.
a) Tell the reason for the modern day voyage.
b) Give a sketch and /or description of the boat.
c) Describe one aspect of the journey that you enjoyed reading about.
d) Tell me something that you learned about navigation.
e) Describe the route of the voyage. (as you would tell somebody where to look on a map).

Map Work -
Fill in a map showing Northumbria, Mercia, Wales, Wessex during the early Middle Ages. Include Danelaw territory and any other places you can remember. What do you know about these places?

Fill in a map of Great Britain as it looks today. Include landmarks, rivers, mountains, boundaries. Coloring is not necessary.

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (my child's answer)
Write a scene for a play from Ivanhoe

The History of English Literature for Girls and Boys by H.E. Marshall (my child's answer)
Tell the history of The Story of King Arthur.

The Age of Chivalry by Bulfinch (my child's answers)
Briefly relate two legends that you have not read about in other King Arthur retellings.

Shakespeare (my child's answers)
Write about The Taming of the Shrew – include character sketches, acts or events that have taken place and whether you agree or disagree with the happenings.

Write a poem about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight OR Beowulf using alliteration. (my daughter's answer)

Grammar of Poetry by Whitling
What have you learned from this book? Explain.

Turn in your notebook

Tell about Raphael, his life and his works.

Use techniques learned from Artistic Pursuits

Set up / compose your own Still Life.
Draw still life with pencil and pastels.

Turn in your drawing portfolio.

Story of Painting by Jansen
Draw a picture or object in the Egyptian, Greek or Roman style. Use color if needed.

SCIENCE/NATURE STUDY (my child's answers)
Lay of the Land, Dallas Lore Sharp
Write in the author's style about animals, birds, or plants as we find them in our village during a walk in the winter.

What plants would you expect to find this time of year in the woods? By the road? In meadows? Describe fully one of each.

Turn in your nature journal.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Brand (my child's answers)

Tell what you know about cells OR bones
What do you know about leprosy?

Turn in physical science notebook with tests.

What do you think is the most important event you have read this term? Why?

Write about this event as if it were a short newspaper article.

Ourselves by Charlotte Mason- Explain the kingdom and government of Mansoul

The Once and Future King by T.H. White
What kind of ruler was the king of fishes? What clues told you this?

Compare the jousting knights (Pellinore and Grummore) to the Hawks. Who displayed more honor and discipline? Explain.

Watership Down by Richard Adams
Describe 3 of these characters briefly:
The Black Rabbit of Inlé
Prince Rainbow

Compare and Contrast Hazel and Woundwort

Fascism is a "a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition".

Do you find this in the story? Explain

How To Read a Book by Mortimer Adler
Write down the three different goals of reading. Explain

Tell about Felix Mendelssohn, his life and his works.

Turn in your translation of More than a Carpenter by McDowell. (my child's answer)

You will discuss it with dad.

Summarize in Turkish orally what you have read so far.

Sing your folk songs and hymns into the recorder.

Do 100 jumping jacks without pausing

Do 40 crunches without stopping

Recite Idols by Elizabeth Browning into the recorder.

Recite I John 4:7 through 5:1-5; Psalm 121; Micah 6:6-8 and 7:7-15

Play Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring on the Piano twice into the recorder.

Finish crocheting slippers and bookmarks as Christmas Gifts.

Spelling, composition and handwriting will be taken into account.

Turn in Easy Grammar Plus notebook

Turn in Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 notebook

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? By Maybury (my child's answer)
Write an in-depth article answering the above question. Use as many new vocabulary terms as your can remember. Tell the history, problems and possible solutions.

*Note: This has been slightly revised to reflect adjustments made while my daughter took the examinations. Some questions were clarified and a few omitted because she ran out of time. I did not want the exam to be a burden in any way, so it was shortened a wee bit. I have posted some of her answers before we discussed and corrected obvious errors. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of what to expect from a child this age who has had a CM education for awhile. I wish I had access to similar samples a few years ago. This is why I am sharing them. Maybe it will make planning a little easier for you. Only her typed answers are here. She wrote the rest of her answers or drew them. Recitations, songs and her piano piece were recorded.


  1. imeverywoman31.12.06

    Linda, I'm just wondering if you are reading her material, or if you have already read them so that you would know the accuracy of her answers. Do some questions come from material that has been read aloud?

    Oh, I am so wanting to make this work, yet, I am so unsure of myself. I just had my children evaluated and was torn to shreds with regard to their writing. Details are on my blog at

    Thanks for your pearls of wisdom...


  2. Lisa,

    I don't feel a mother can be an effective teacher,especially if she wants to get her children to think about the deeper 'ideas' of life, if she hasn't read her children's books, or at least the majority of them.

    For example, she can assign Watership Down and her child will read it and think it was a great rabbit tale. Or she can read it herself and through a comment and question here and there, cause the child to think about the ideas the author was presenting about forms of government behind the story. The child no longer reads for entertainment only, but for understanding. This is the role of the teacher. Not to give answers, not to assign books, but to cause the child to think. So, yes, I do read my daughter's books. I usually read them during my afternoon quiet time or right before bed for a few minutes. In this way, we can have meaningful discussions. It really isn't that heavy of a reading schedule. I am not reading four children's books. Just have to do it with the oldest child's books once. Plus, I skim the lesser important ones. Some parents just use online Sparks notes. I would only do this if there was a family emergency and I simply couldn't read the books.

    I read your blog post and commented last week about your evaluator. I wouldn't worry about her at all. Really! I would just nod and smile and thank her and then try to find someone I knew better and could trust in the future. If you can't, then maybe your kindness and patience with her will win out over time. It is quite understandable that she won't be able to comprehend your teaching philosophy since this method takes time and research to understand anyway. It's really not her fault that she doesn't understand where you are coming from. (I use to be just like her :-). I meant well, but was clueless about what makes really good writing.)
    Your son is at the age where you should, imo, begin gently critiquing his writing. I hope to make a post about this soon.

  3. Linda,

    Thank you for posting these exams. They have helped me so much in months past to write my own. Very helpful!