I home school. Although I am religious, I would rather use secular material then what is put out by religious organizations(just my choice, nothing meant against those who do use Abeka, Bob Jones etc.) This year I got a secular, used World History Textbook for my eight grader. I want her to develop good study habits and have always given her the science and history test that came with whatever curriculum that I use. This book came with out an answer book or test. So, I have been creating my own. When I was in school, we rarely answered essay questions. Mainly the test was true/false or multiple choice. It took me awhile to get used to more in depth questions when I got older. So, I have been making up test questions that she has to answer with a couple of paragraphs each. I think that I gave her six essay and two fill in the blank questions. She also had to define her vocabulary. She hasn't complained. But I was wondering what is expected of public or private school kids her age? Do you think that I am making her do too much or too little? On the test that I am required to give her for the year, she does very well but I want to make certain that she is prepared for college in a few years. I don't care if public school teachers answer the question. That might help.