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June 19, 2011

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Elusis

Have you actually verified this document? If not, it sounds rather like this classic Snopes.com item:

http://www.snopes.com/language/document/1895exam.asp

John F. Ptak

Yes. The document is verified.
I have received several emails about the authenticity of this test--frankly it didn't seem tough enough to warrant questions about whether or not the thing was/is a fraud. The Board of Trustees published a series of these exams through the 1870's, and this is simply one of them. I've seen much more difficult questions at the tail end of questions of natural history books that were printed in the first half of the 19th c and intended for young people. It might make for an interesting bloglette to collect some of these things. In any event, the test above is a bona fide object.

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