16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, February 7, 1912: I certainly was a blundering dummy in my examinations today. I happened to get in General History four questions that I hadn’t looked up before. It sometimes seems that you study the very things you are least liable to get.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
How frustrating to have studied the wrong things!
Did the teacher ask for arcane facts about minor Civil War battles or generals?? . . . or the disputed election of 1876 between Hayes and Tilden? ?. . .or the Panic of 1837?? . . . .or . . .??