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Examination Question for Prospective Teachers in New England, 1897

Three boys have some eggs to sell. Boy A had 10, boy B had 30, and boy C had 50. They all went to Putnam to sell their eggs. When they came home, they had sold their eggs for the same rate, and they all came home with the same amount of money. How much money did they sell their eggs for, and how much did they bring home?

Note: The story is told that one teacher-applicant at a school could not finish the question in the allocated hour, took the problem home, and returned one month later with the answer...and was hired.


Source: D. Lipper & E. Sagehorn's "This Old School," Edutopia, September 2005, p. 25.