Poor Richard's Almanack Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who was responsible for writing and compiling POOR RICHARD'S ALMANACK? Who was the true author?

Richard Saunders is credited with writing and compiling the almanack. The pseudonym was one taken on by Benjamin Franklin.

2. What exactly is the almanack and what does it contain?

The almanack contains bits of wisdom put forth by Franklin, many of which were original thoughts.

3. When was the original almanack published?

The original almanack was actually a series of pamphlets printed between the years of 1732-1758.

4. Why has the almanack been able to stand the test of time?

Franklin's sayings are often self-explanatory and just as true today as they were when they were written.

5. What part of the almanack may be difficult for people of today to understand?

There may be some difficulty in understanding Franklin's sayings as he tends to use colloquial language and spelling.

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