Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What's the German Word for Cheating?

While at Dartmouth, William Newton Johnston, Class of 1893, was an average student. He belonged to a fraternity and the telegraph association, and maintained the wooden cage where the baseball team practiced during the winter. During the second and third terms of his sophomore year at college, Mr. Johnston studied German, receiving an examination grade of 80 the second term and 90 the third term.

Perhaps his improved grades can be traced to this crib sheet. Measuring 55 cm long, it is a mere 5 cm wide, a very compact scroll attached to two small pieces of wood, easily rolled and unrolled in one's hand.

There is no indication in College records that the faculty ever noticed his crib sheet. Johnston left Dartmouth in good standing after two years to assume work on the railroad and later in business, ending his career as deputy insurance commissioner for the state of New Hampshire.

Ask at Rauner for Realia 509.

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