I failed my first test today. At least, I assume I failed it: we haven't got the grades back yet, but I'd be pleased with anything better than a 50%. Luckily it was only a demonstration, designed to show our Elementary Social Studies Methods teacher how much we already know about Colonial history. The answer, it's clear, is, "not a great deal." In our defense, though, she asked some really hard questions! I mean, could you tell us what industry Colonial Philadelphia was known for? Or how diverse a population inhabited the Middle Colonies? The funniest thing about it was how Monica, Tara, and Ióhistory nerds allóspent the entire walk from class to our cars going over the answers we put down. "How about the one about Jamestown?" "What did you say for the earliest settlement: Roanoke or St. Augustine?"
Though chastened, however, we are happily not at all discouraged in our love of history, and we're still excited about being able to study it again. It only remains to be seen what we think when we start taking tests for credit!