Poor Richard's Almanack Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When a person is twenty-years-old, what part of him is in the most control?

2. To what does Franklin compare to a shadow in the sun?

3. In what language does Mr. Fog speak?

4. What great Biblical character is referred to in regards to slaying thousands?

5. A man who has not had the opportunity of celebrity must often replace it with which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Franklin has many views regarding the value and length of a person's life. What does the author say?

2. Give at least two examples of Franklin's advice regarding money.

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

4. Franklin expresses his opinion throughout about the sharpness of a woman's tongue. How does it compare to a man's heart?

5. Franklin's first quote about lawyers uses a metaphor that has to do with what animals and what activity? How does Franklin feel about lawyers?

6. What is the moral of the story behind the tale of the now-famous poet and philosopher?

7. What does the author advise his readers against in regards to overlooking the small things in life?

8. What popular modern saying about men and their toys is covered by Franklin on Page 32?

9. How does Franklin feel about being of service to God in one's life?

10. What are the things that will lead a person to realize fortune or wealth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Franklin takes after classic parables by presenting stories, poems, or rhymes in corner to impact wisdom or a moral view. Do you think these references were influenced more by the Bible or traditional folk lore? How many do you think were created by Franklin? Choose at least three from the almanack. Examine each story and determine the point and moral of each story. Write your own stories using unique characters that encompass the same values and/or morals.

Essay Topic 2

Education was a large part of Franklin's life, even though educational opportunities were somewhat limited while the author was growing up. Compare and contrast Franklin's level of education with what is common today. What educational facilities are most often associated with Franklin? Explain Franklin's dedication to education and learning throughout the course of his life.

Essay Topic 3

Franklin was very vocal on the topic of humility. Why do you think that is? Were Franklin's views on humility due to religious and moral beliefs, personal circumstances, or the way he was raised? How did Franklin's family affect his moral standing? Were all members of the family Quaker? How were they involved in Franklin's professional careers?

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