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. Which of the following items is something that cannot stand upright on its own?

2. An undutiful daughter will surely make what kind of wife?

3. What is its own defense?

4. According to Franklin it is not the large things that wreak havoc. Instead, what is more likely to sink a ship?

5. Pride in the way one dresses is sure to become what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Franklin have to say about starting a new year?

2. 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?

3. Who is Mr. Fogg? How does Franklin create a pun to illustrate a point?

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

5. How can one live a peaceful existence?

6. When was the original almanack published?

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

8. What is Franklin's moral advice on placing oneself above others?

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

10. What famous poet and philosopher is paid homage by Franklin? What was the poet known for posthumously?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Franklin was quite vocal about being honest, he also made it clear that one should not give away too much information about one's life, career, and debt. One should also avoid prying into the lives of friends and neighbors in the same area. Cite at least five proverbs in which Franklin makes this point. If one does share sensitive information, what can ensure that it will be kept? What kind of information do you think should be kept private? Who do you share secrets with most often?

Essay Topic 2

It is said that Franklin did not practice what he preached throughout the almanack. Many historical tomes report that Franklin was known to be one that ate and drank too much and was often unfaithful to his wife. This was an especially popular rumor after Franklin became an ambassador to France. Discuss this rumor and prove or disprove to the best of your ability.

Essay Topic 3

Franklin had a lot to say about using one's time well. This thought appears in several different areas, from being industrious to making time for leisure and through to being outright lazy. Following are three of Franklin's many citations on the topic. Explain each. Also describe what Franklin meant by laziness and leisure. Compare and contrast the two items.

"Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough."

"O Lazy-Bones! Dost thou think God would have given thee Arms and Legs, if he had not design'd thou should'st use them."

"A life of leisure and a life of laziness, are two things."

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