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AO Exam Key Yr 9 AmblesideOnline.org

AmblesideOnline Exam Key Year 9

Term 1 - Term 2 - Term 3





Year 9 Term 1

Bible
   1. Name four doctrines of the Christian faith, and explain two in detail or give two logical reasons why Christianity makes sense. (Ferguson's Christian Life or Mere Christianity)
   2. Describe the events regarding Joash being crowned king. (2 Kings 11)
   3. Tell about the threat from Sennacherib and Israel's deliverance. (2 Kings 18-19)
   4. "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil?" Explain this. (Mark 3:1-5)
   5. Comment on the "leaven of the Pharisees" or the withered fig tree. (Mark 8:15-21; 11:20-25)

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

Dictation (unprepared)
The natives came, by degrees, to be less apprehensive of any danger from me. I would sometimes lie down, and let five or six of them dance on my hand; and at last the boys and girls would venture to come and play at hide-and-seek in my hair. I had now made a good progress in understanding and speaking the language. The emperor had a mind one day to entertain me with several of the country shows, wherein they exceed all nations I have known, both for dexterity and magnificence. I was diverted with none so much as that of the rope-dancers, performed upon a slender white thread, extended about two feet, and twelve inches from the ground. (from Gulliver's Travels, ch 3)

Composition/Literature
   1. Write a letter home as if you were Gulliver, describing either Lilliput or Brobdingnag.
   2. Describe the part you found most humorous in Isaac Bickerstaff, The Spectator, Tale of a Tub or Gulliver's Travels.
   3. What was a poem you liked this term? What was it about?

English Grammar
   1. What are the plural forms of these words? Knife, sheep, man, child. (knives, sheep, men, children)
   2. Identify whether the italicized word is a direct object, or indirect object.
            Now completely frustrated, Mallory tossed the lopsided cake into the trash. (direct)
            Coach Taylor purchased the wrong jerseys for the team. (direct)
            Brad finally gave Mom a call last Tuesday. (indirect)
   3. Choose "she" or "her." Ashlyn wrote more pages than __. (she)
   4. Identify parts of speech for the italicized words. For nouns and pronouns, say also whether the word is singular or plural. For verbs, say also whether the verb is in past, present, or future tense: Among the many people making up the great household there was a little girl of seven named Esther Johnson. She was a delicate little girl with large eyes and black hair. She and Swift soon grew to be friends, and he spent his happiest hours teaching her to read and write. It is pleasant to think of the gloomy, untrained genius throwing off his gloom and bending all his talents to the task of teaching and amusing this little delicate child of seven. (History of English Literature, ch 63) ANSWERS - among: preposition; household: noun, singular; was: verb, past tense; she: pronoun, singular; grew: verb, past tense; friends: noun, plural; pleasant: adjective; and: conjunction

History
   1. Give an account of William of Orange or Cotton Mather. (Age of Revolution ch 1 or History of the American People pg 81)
   2. Tell what you know about the leading up to/beginning of the Salem Witch Trials.
   3. What do you know about The Duke of Marlborough or Jonathan Edwards? (Age of Revolution ch 4 or History of the American People pg 111-113)
   4. Give a sketch of George Washington. (GW biography)
   5. What do you know about the Treaty of Ultrechte or The Great Awakening? (Age of Revolution ch 6 or History of the American People pg 114-116)
   6. Name four of Benjamin Franklin's ideas and inventions. Describe two of them.

Geography
   1. What do you know about Gibraltar, the "Pillar of Hercules"? Locate it on a map. Or, Describe Hampton Court. (Royal Road to Romance ch10, or London to Land's End)
   2. Describe a trip to the pyramids, or Salisbury. (Royal Road to Romance ch 12, or London to Land's End)
   3. Describe the Taj Mahal or Bath in 1722. (Royal Road to Romance ch 16, or London to Land's End)

Natural History and General Science
   1. How did Leeuwenhoek prove that life doesn't come from nothing? (Microbe Hunters ch 1)
   2. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.
   3. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.

Citizenship/Government (Plutarch)
   1. Use the Year 7-10 Questions for this term's Plutarch from this page.
   2. "And, spite of pride in erring reason's spite,/One truth is clear, whatever is, is right." Explain Pope's argument in your own words. (Pope's Essay on Man.)
   3. What duties towards others does Justice claim from us? (Ourselves pg 131-156)
   4. Define four of the following: liberal, conservative, left, right, democrat, republican, moderate, socialist, libertarian, communist. (Are You Liberal, Conservative or Confused?)

Arithmetic/Geometry (Questions from your math program may be substituted.)
   1. Demonstrate the distributive property: 9(2a + b + 4) = ____ (18a + 9b + 36)
   2. Julie has a jar of beads. She used half of them to make a bracelet. Later she bought more, tripling the number of beads in the jar. Now there are 33 beads in the jar. How many beads did Julie start with? (22)
   3. A triangle has three angles labeled x, y, and z. The ratio of x to y is 1:13. The ratio of y to z is 13:1. What is the value of each of the angles, x, y, and z? (x is 12, y is 156, z is 12)
   4. A store is advertising a 35 percent discount on an item they marked up 5 percent from the factory price of $350. The sales tax is 8.25 percent. What does the item cost? 9$258.58)
   5. A train leaves the station at 2:00 pm at 40 mph. Another train headed in the opposite direction leaves the same station at 4:00 pm at 60 mph. To the nearest mile, how far are the two trains from each other at 6:00 pm? (280 miles)

Foreign Language
   1. Write a paragraph in your foreign language about someone who displayed loyalty in your term's reading.
   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 9 Term 2

Bible
   1. What are some of the consequences of man abandoning the idea of truth? (The God Who is There)
   2. "I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom." Summarize David's response to this promise. (1 Chronicles 17:11)
   3. Describe David's preparations for the new temple. (1 Chronicles 22)
   4. Give an account of Saul of Tarsus's education and conversion. (Acts 9)
   5. Describe Peter's vision. What was its significance? (Acts 10:11-18)

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

Dictation (unprepared)
From the mountains on every side rivulets descended that filled all the valley with verdure and fertility, and formed a lake in the middle, inhabited by fish of every species, and frequented by every fowl whom nature has taught to dip the wing in water. This lake discharged its superfluities by a stream, which entered a dark cleft of the mountain on the northern side, and fell with dreadful noise from precipice to precipice till it was heard no more. (History of Rasselas)

Composition
   1. Narrate an episode from Rasselas. (History of Rasselas)
   2. Tell something of the life of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, or Oliver Goldsmith. (History of English Literature ch 67-71)
   3. Summarize a poem you enjoyed by William Cowper.

English Grammar
   1. Write a sentence using an adverb formed by adding the "-ly" suffix to an adjective. (cheap, cheaply; slow, slowly)
   2. Write sentences showing correct use of "to," "two" and "too."
   3. Is the italicized word an adverb or adjective?
            I passed the test easily. (adv)
            He is a good speller. (adj)
   4. Identify parts of speech for the italicized words. For nouns and pronouns, say also whether the word is singular or plural. For verbs, say also whether the verb is in past, present, or future tense: It left scars upon his good-looking face, and nearly robbed him of his eyesight. In those days people still believed that this dreadful disease would be cured if the person suffering from it was touched by a royal hand.  So when he was two, little Samuel was taken to London by his father and mother, and there he was 'touched' by Queen Anne. (History of English Literature ch 68) ANSWERS - left: verb, past tense; good-looking: adjective; nearly: adverb; days: noun, plural; by: preposition; when: adverb; was taken: verb, past tense; he: pronoun, singular

History
   1. What do you know about Sir Robert Walpole? Or, tell what you know about Thomas Jefferson. (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 8 or Johnson's History of the American People pg 143-149)
   2. Give an account of the War of Austrian Succession. Or, discuss Thomas Paine's 'Common Sense' and its influence. (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 9 or Johnson's History of the American People pg 153-154)
   3. Tell what you know about the Seven Years' War and/or William Pitt. (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 11 or Johnson's History of the American People pg )
   4. Tell what you know about the Stamp Act. Or, how did the Revolutionary War affect the slaves? (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 12 or Johnson's History of the American People pg 169-170)
   5. Tell what you know about the War of Independence (Revolutionary War). (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 13 and 14 or Johnson's History of the American People pg 158-167)
   6. Tell about Robert Clive, Warren Hastings and India. Or, tell what you know about Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. Or, give an account of Benjamin Franklin or John Adams. (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 15 or Johnson's History of the American People pg 180-184, or Franklin's autobiography or John Adams and the American Revolution)

Geography
   1. Describe the peninsula of Malay, or Mergui. (Royal Road to Romance ch 25)
   2. Tell about the Magic Stones of Angkor. Where are they? (Royal Road to Romance ch 28)
   3. Tell what you know about Japan and/or Fujiyama. (Royal Road to Romance ch 34-36)

Natural History and General Science
   1. Discuss some scavengers, the mesa trail, or "the streets of the mountains." Or, what do you know about a fly? (Land of Little Rain ch 3, 8 or 10 or Life of the Fly)
   2. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.
   3. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.

Citizenship/Government (Plutarch)
   1. Use the Year 7-10 Questions for this term's Plutarch from this page.
   2. How is integrity shown on the job? In use of time? Use of resources? (Ourselves pg 167-178)
   3. Summarize the Christian worldview. (War of the Worldviews pg 110)
   4. Discuss rationality/irrationality, or give some characteristics of cults. (War of the Worldviews pg 68-77 or 110)

Arithmetic/Geometry (Questions from your math program may be substituted.)
   1. Solve for x: 68 = 4(2x + 3) (x is 7)
   2. The distance travelled by Bo and Zack is in the ratio 3:4. The distance travelled by Bo is 18 miles. Find the distance travelled by Zack. (24 miles)
   3. A teacher bought 26 sketchbooks for $37.70. How much did each book cost? ($1.45)
   4. Find the area of a circle with a diameter of 14 cm. (153.9 cm squared)
   5. 360 is what percent more than 320? (12.5 percent)

Foreign Language
   1. Make up a dialogue in your foreign language from a scene you read about in one of your books this term.
   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 9 Term 3

Bible
   1. "At any moment and in any circumstance, the soul that seeks God may find Him, and practice the presence of God." How? (Practice of the Presence of God)
   2. "Ask what I shall give thee." What did Solomon ask of God? What do we know about Solomon's knowledge and power? (2 Chronicles 1:7)
   3. "To your tents, o Israel!" Describe the cause and the course of the Great Rebellion. (2 Chronicles 10:16)
   4. Give an account of St. Paul's defense before Felix. (Acts 24)
   5. "I do not make void the grace of God; for if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died in vain." Explain this. (Galatians 2:21)

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

Dictation (unprepared)
Andrea, indeed, inhaled the scent of something cooking which was not unwelcome to him, hungry as he was; it was that mixture of fat and garlic peculiar to provincial kitchens of an inferior order, added to that of dried fish, and above all, the pungent smell of musk and cloves. These odors escaped from two deep dishes which were covered and placed on a stove, and from a copper pan placed in an old iron pot. In an adjoining room Andrea saw also a tolerably clean table prepared for two, two bottles of wine sealed, the one with green, the other with yellow, a supply of brandy in a decanter, and a measure of fruit in a cabbage-leaf, cleverly arranged on an earthenware plate. (Count of Monte Cristo ch 81)

Composition
   1. Narrate an episode from The Count of Monte Cristo.
   2. Contrast the character of Mr. Wickham wth that of Mr. Darcy. (Pride and Prejudice)
   3. Summarize a poem of Lord Byron that you read this term.

English Grammar
   1. Identify whether the italicized word is a direct object, or indirect object.
            Tony silently closed the drawer and considered what to do next. (direct)
            Wanting to show Pugsie at her best, Caitlin dressed her in the frilliest dress she could find. (indirect)
   2. Write sentences showing correct use of "than" and "then."
   3. Choose "good" or "well." I play piano __. (well)
   4. Identify parts of speech for the italicized words. For nouns and pronouns, say also whether the word is singular or plural. For verbs, say also whether the verb is in past, present, or future tense: In Lydia's imagination, a visit to Brighton comprised every possibility of earthly happiness. She saw, with the creative eye of fancy, the streets of that gay bathing-place covered with officers. She saw herself the object of attention, to tens and to scores of them at present unknown. (Pride and Prejudice ch 41) ANSWERS - imagination: noun, singular; comprised: verb, past tense; creative: adjective; streets: noun, plural; with: preposition; herself: pronoun, singular; of: preposition; unknown: adjective

History
   1. Discuss reforms and changes in England after they lost the war with America. Or, give an account of the Constitutional Convention. (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 16 or Johnson's History of the American People pg 184-189)
   2. What do you know about the American Constitution? Or, discuss the debate over getting the constitution ratified. (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 17 or Johnson's History of the American People pg 189-198)
   3. What were the causes of the French Revolution? Or, explain the role of religion in the constitution. (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 18 or Johnson's History of the American People pg 104-211)
   4. Tell what you know about Trafalgar. Or, what were some differences between Hamilton and Jefferson? (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 20 or Johnson's History of the American People pg 216-218)
   5. Tell all you know about the War of 1812. (Churchill's Age of Revolution ch 24 or Johnson's History of the American People pg 259-267)
   6. Tell what you know about John Adams or Napoleon. (John Adams or Napoleon biography)

Geography
   1. What do you know about Cairo? (Walking the Bible pg 147-)
   2. Describe the Negev. (Walking the Bible pg 305-)
   3. What do you know about Mt. Sinai? (Walking the Bible pg 256-)

Natural History and General Science
   1.Give an account of one of the astronomers you read about this term. (Great Astronomers)
   2. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.
   3. Choose a question matched to your term's science subject from here or from your science program.

Citizenship/Government (Plutarch)
   1. Use the Year 7-10 Questions for this term's Plutarch from this page.
   2. How must we have justice in our opinions? (Ourselves pg 179-187)
   3. Show how postmodernism has affected three of the following: mentality, business, class, science, education, social policy, global environment. (Postmodern Times pg 175-188)
   4. "The end of the modern era opens up genuine opportunities for Biblical Christianity." Such as? (Postmodern Times pg 209)

Arithmetic/Geometry (Questions from your math program may be substituted.)
   1. A bag has 16 colored marbles and the rest are clear marbles. The ratio of colored marbles to clear marbles is 4:5. Find the number of clear marbles. (20)
   2. If it costs $35.01 to buy 9 personal-sized pizzas, how much does each pizza cost? ($3.89)
   3. Solve for x: 3(x - 2) - 2(5x - 1) = 10 (x is -2)
   4. 34 percent of what number is 51? (150)
   5. A car travels from A to B at a speed of 40 mph then returns, using the same road, from B to A at a speed of 60 mph. What is the average speed for the round trip? (48mph)

Foreign Language
   1. In your foreign language, tell in complete sentences how you would arrange and decorate a room you'll be spending a lot of time in.
   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.