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AO Exam Key Yr 7/8 AmblesideOnline.org

AmblesideOnline Exam Key Year 7-8

Term 1 - Term 2 - Term 3





Year 7-8 Term 1

Bible
   1. Discuss "the blessedness of possessing nothing." (The Pursuit of God)
   2. Give an account of Korah's rebellion, Or, "Must I not take heed to speak that which the Lord hath put in my mouth?" Tell the story. (Numbers 16 or 23:12)
   3. How did Jesus respond to the devil's three temptations? (Luke 4:1-13)
   4. "The Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." Explain the meaning. (Luke 6:5)

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

Dictation (unprepared)
   "Then spake King Arthur to Sir Bedivere:
   'Hast thou perform'd my mission which I gave?
   What is it thou hast seen? or what hast heard?'
   And answer made the bold Sir Bedivere:
   'I heard the ripple washing in the reeds,
   And the wild water lapping on the crag.'" (Tennyson's Morte d'Arthur)

Composition/Literature
   1. Tell the story of Deirdre and the Sons of Usnach, or Fingal. (History of English Literature, ch 3 or 5)
   2. Write eight lines in verse about the tournament in Ivanhoe. (Ivanhoe ch 7-8)
   3. Describe a scene from Watership Down.

English Grammar
   1. Write sentences that give examples of three kinds of (a), pronouns, and, (b), adjectives.
   2. Write two sentences using a possessive noun. (Bill's coat)
   3. Choose "is" or "are." The lake and its lovely water lilies __ an image of loveliness. (is)
   4. Parse the italicized words (or identify which part of speech?): "With that Sir Arthur turned with his knights, and smote behind and before, and ever Sir Arthur was in the foremost press till his horse was slain under him."

World History
   1. How did Alfred set about to educate his people, and from where did he get help? Explain how he created English literature. (The Birth of Britain ch 1-9/The Life of King Alfred by Asser)
   2. What two principles guided Alfred as Lawgiver? Discuss the way in which he followed both. (The Birth of Britain ch 1-9/The Life of King Alfred by Asser)
   3. Give an account of the civil war between Stephen and Maud. OR Give some account of the causes that led to the quarrel between Henry II and Thomas A Becket. (Birth of Britain ch 11 or 12)
   4. What do you know about Roman Camps and Roman Roads in Britain? (The Birth of Britain ch 1-9)
   5. Why are English people described as Anglo-Saxons? (The Birth of Britain ch 1-9)

Geography
   1. On a map, identify the Holy Roman Empire of King Henry VIII's day. Or, Sketch a map of Great Britain, putting in boundaries, towns and chief physical features, and describe two places you would like to visit. (Churchill, ch 4, map in book.)
   2. Describe Dun Aengus or Saint MacDara's Island. (The Brendan Voyage ch 5) Or, What do you know about the Humbolt Current? Or, "Not a day passed but we . . . were visited by inquisitive guests which wriggled and waggled about us . . ." What were some of these creatures? (Kon Tiki, ch 3 or 4)

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 Newton's Three Laws of Motion. (Secrets of the Universe ch 5)
   4. Draw and label the parts of a seed. (First Studies in Plant Life, ch 1, 2)
   5. Tell something of Ptolemy. (Great Astronomers)

Citizenship/Government (Plutarch)
   1. Use the Year 7-10 Questions for this term's Plutarch from this page.
   2. What is a red herring or "ad hominem" attack? Give an example. (Fallacy Detective ch 4, 5, 7)
   3. "The Natural Law system grows out of the two fundamental laws taught by all religions." What are those laws? (Penny Candy pg 99)

Arithmetic/Geometry (Questions from your math program may be substituted.)
   1. -5 - (-7) = __ (2)
   2. A car lot stocks 6 red cars for every 2 green cars. If there are 8 green cars at the lot, how many red cars are there? (24)
   3. Paul made 9 baskets out of 12 attempts in basketball practice. What percentage of the shot attempts did Paul make? (75 percent)
   4. The difference of two numbers is 3. Their sum is 13. What are the numbers? (5, 8)

Foreign Language
   1. In your foreign language, write three sentences about yourself.
   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 7-8 Term 2

Bible
   1. Give three logical arguments to defend your faith. (More Than a Carpenter)
   2. What was the purpose of the Cities of Refuge? How many can you name? (Numbers 35:6-34)
   3. "Speak not thou in thine heart, saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land. . ." Why did God allow the Israelites to possess the land? (Deuteronomy 9:4)
   4. "And who is my neighbor?" Tell the story. Or, explain the parable of the rich fool. (Luke 10:25-37; 12:13-21)

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

Dictation (unprepared)
He was a noble, upright man, hardy and wise, and he was ever faithful to the religion to which he was born. He was a bold warrior, too. He had fought so fiercely against Russia that in his wars full many a brave man had come to his death. But in spite of all the fighting that had fallen to his lot, he was as eager to win glory in arms as any fresh-made knight of his house. (Chaucer Story Book, Squire's Tale)

Composition
   1. Tell the story of The Thistle and the Rose. (History of English Literature ch 30)
   2. "Athelstane, arrayed in the garments of the grave, stood before them, pale, haggard . . ." Tell the story. (Ivanhoe, ch 42)
   3. Summarize one of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

English Grammar
   1. Write a sentence using three adverbs.
   2. Write a sentence using a possessive pronoun. (His/her/my coat...)
   3. Choose "is" or "are." The yellowed book with hundreds of pages __ faded beyond recognition. (is)
   4. Identify parts of speech for the italicized words: He went accordingly to the banquet, of which we have already mentioned the principal events. Immediately upon retiring from the castle, the Saxon thanes, with their attendants, took horse; and it was during the bustle which attended their doing so, that Cedric, for the first time, cast his eyes upon the deserter Gurth. (Ivanhoe ch 18) ANSWERS - went: verb; to: preposition; which: pronoun; principal: adjective; thanes: noun; and: conjunction; the: article (adjective is also correct)

History
   1. Tell what you know about King Edward III, Edward the Black Prince, or the Battle of Crecy. (Birth of Britain ch 21)
   2. Give an account of the Black Death. (Birth of Britain ch 22)
   3. Give an account of Richard II's usurpation by Henry Bolingbroke. (Birth of Britain ch 24)
   4. Tell what you know about Henry V's wars with France. (Birth of Britain ch 25)
   5. What do you know about Joan of Arc? (Birth of Britain ch 26)
   6. Tell what you know about the War of the Roses. (Birth of Britain ch 27/28)

Geography
   1. What do you know about Greenland? (Brendan Voyage ch 10) Or, Summarize a day at sea on the Kon Tiki.
   2. Describe the Sheep Islands. (Brendan Voyage ch 7) Or, Describe Easter Island. (Kon Tiki ch 6)
   3. Write about an encounter with wildlife between the Faroes to Iceland. (Brendan Voyage 8) Or, What do you know about the figures on Easter Island? (Kon Tiki ch 6)

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 Pascal's Law and hydrodynamics, or how Bernoulli's Principle helps airplanes fly. (Secrets of the Universe ch 10 or 12 or Boy Scientist ch 6)
   4. Explain the first law of thermodynamics -- the Law of Conservation of Matter. (Secrets of the Universe, ch 9 or Boy Scientist ch 9)
   5. What causes roots to grow downwards? (First Studies in Plant Life, ch 5)

Citizenship/Government (Plutarch)
   1. Choose a Year 7-10 Question from this term's Plutarch from this page.
   2. What is the difference between analogy and generalization, or what is propaganda? Give an example. (Fallacy Detective ch 22, 27)
   3. "Imagination must not make pictures of self," or "We are not allowed to choose our lives." Explain one of these. (Ourselves, pg 49 or 54)
   4. Explain the limits of human reason. Why shouldn't it have the final word on most subjects? (Ourselves, pg 56-64)

Arithmetic/Geometry (Questions from your math program may be substituted.)
   1. If x - 5 = -30, what is x? (-25)
   2. Write "eight less than the square of a number, x" as a mathematical equation. (x(2) - 8)
   3. Cara worked for 12 hours on Saturday. If this was 3 times as long as she worked on Thursday, how many hours did Cara work on Thursday? (4 hours)
   4. A baker baked 210 pies in 5 days. How many pies did the baker bake each day? (42)

Foreign Language
   1. In your foreign language, describe a person in your family.
   2. Describe a picture in your language book, using your foreign language.

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 7-8 Term 3

Bible
   1. Give examples of some rival conceptions of God. Or, discuss the three parts of morality. (Mere Christianity, Bk 2 ch 1 or 6)
   2. What blessings and/or curses did God promise Israel as they entered the land? Or, Tell about the treaty with the Gibeonites. (Deuteronomy 28 or Joshua 9)
   3. "The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner." Explain the meaning. (Luke 20:17)
   4. "And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus. . ." Tell the story. (Luke 24:13)

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
   1. What were "Moralities"? Give an account of Everyman. (History of English Literature, ch 34)
   2. What do you know about the first theaters? (History of English Literature, ch 44)
   3. Describe a scene from Westward Ho! or I Promessi Sposi.

English Grammar
   1. Write a sentence using three adjectives.
   2. Choose "him" or "he." The winner of the election is __. (he)
   3. Write sentences showing correct use of "threw" and "through."
   4. Identify parts of speech for the italicized words: Old Stow House stands, or rather stood, some four miles beyond the Cornish border, on the northern slope of the largest and loveliest of those combes of which I spoke in the last chapter. (Westward Ho ch 7)

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. Sketch a map of Great Britain, putting in boundaries, towns and chief physical features, and describe two places you would like to visit.
   2. What are floes? (Brendan Voyage ch 11) Or, What do you know about Angatau? (Kon Tiki ch 7)
   3. Describe Newfoundland. (Brendan Voyage ch 13) Or, 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. Tell something interesting you know about spiders, or about an insect you read about this term. (Life of the Spider, or Social Life of Insects)
   4. Tell the different parts of plant roots, and what the root does. (First Studies of Plant Life, ch 9)
   5. Discuss Einstein's Theory of Relativity, or Explain the Conservation of Mass/Energy, or tell 3 things you learned about electricity. (Secrets of the Universe ch 19 or 21, or Boy Scientist ch 10 or 12)

Citizenship/Government (Plutarch)
   1. Choose a Year 7-10 Question from this term's Plutarch from this page.
   2. Give some differences between false love and real love. (Ourselves pg 81-86)
   3. What two fundamental laws do all major religions and philosophies agree on? Or, Explain the difference between liberty and permission. (Whatever Happened to Justice, ch 5 or 20)

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.