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. What group of people will most likely go through life without just rewards?

2. What is a "clodpate?"

3. All things are difficult to those that practice what?

4. Franklin takes great care to discuss the anatomy of which of the following?

5. Franklin refers to a villain in relation to being anointed and which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the wisdom contained on Page 7 regarding the way a man eats?

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

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

8. Franklin shares a short rhymed poem regarding three entities. What are the entities and how are they compared?

9. What is the nature of sin? According to Franklin, why is it forbidden?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a biography on Benjamin Franklin. Focus on his personal life rather than on his professional career. Include information on family, goals, etc.

Essay Topic 2

Franklin likes to talk about being industrious. The author clearly believes this as he showed a great deal of industriousness throughout his life. Make a list of all of Franklin's inventions. Choose at least five and write an essay on each. Which was the most difficult to invent? Why? Which was the most important? Which are still in use today? Which do you use on a regular basis?

Essay Topic 3

The almanack states in several places that one should be careful not to act as a fool. In Franklin's eyes, a fool is not necessarily an uneducated person, rather an unwise one. Explain at least five of Franklin's sayings regarding fools and the way they conduct their lives. What is Franklin's advice about being a fool? What is the author's advice about interacting with a fool?

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