I just found these questions from "...a certification examination for prospective teachers, prepared by the Examiners of Teachers for the Public Schools in Zanesville, Ohio, in the late 1870s:"
(a) Although I persuaded the old man, he refused to yield, and I expect he divided his estate between his 3 daughters. His example, though he meant well, is calculated to have a bad effect.
(b) As I laid down I seen the smoke rising over the way.
(c) Whom do you say that I am? or who do you take me to be?
(d) John and James were both there, though neither were invited.
(e) As water is froze easier than alcohol, so riches are easier acquired than a good name.
(f) Between you and I, there is some mystery about that fire last night. Did you hear where it was at? I am glad none of my friends were in the house. I should be sorry if either James or William were inculpated in setting it on fire.
I'm pretty sure that I got (b) to (e) right, but the other ones I just don't get. Can anyone help?
Here are my attempts:
(b) "saw" instead of "seen"
(c) "Who" instead of "Whom"
(d) "was" instead of "were"
(e) "frozen" instead of "froze"
By the way: You can find more of these here:http://www.snopes.com/language/document/1895e...
Thanks in advance!