It's dated July 1869. Harvard used a 30 year old entrance exam? And one math question used British monetary units? It may be rubber stamped as being registered in the Harvard library in 1899 but nothing indicates that this is an entrance examination.
Doesn't this say '1869'?, not that it matters, of course.
Latin and Greek are both pretty easy languages, and these are famous quotes, which if you had taken even elementary Greek or Latin you would have learned anyway... they even provide most of the root words to use. The math is Grade 11 (or used to be when I was in high school in 1979), and the geography/history is also pretty easy so long as you were taught these in secondary school.
All in all the test is more elementary than it looks, but there is an art to taking exams as well.
Although these are stamped "Harvard College Library" 1899, they are dated July 1869 and there is one calculation in £:s:d (which, until recently, was the UK currency). Also, I see no evidence of US spelling. I wonder where these papers actually came from.
Hey guys, obviously we can't have something like this today, because it discriminates against minorities! COME ON! Thank God we've lowered our standards for the sake of diversity, it's definitely benefiting our country.
The maths is easier than an average (European) highschool's last exams... And if they had to study this kind of information to enter a prestigious University then I'm surprised you all find it impossibly hard. -ioanna
For the currency wonderers: The UK controlled a third of the world at the time, which made its currency extremely important. Also, the non-trivial relations between the subdivisions (1:12:240) is more challenging for the interest calculations needed here.