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. One who dresses well will soon find that he is no longer _______________.

2. What is another name for someone who is considered to be lazy?

3. Who/what is the namesake of the above woman?

4. Franklin talks about the difference between which two often similar things?

5. The best kind of sermon is what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the advice given by Franklin regarding the making and keeping of promises?

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

4. What do the proverbs say about education and its usefulness?

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

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

7. What is the author's opinion on self control and even temperament?

8. According to Franklin, what should people be most focused on in their lives?

9. What is Franklin's opinion on meddlers? What is the reason for this opinion?

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

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

Great disasters often start with small problems. Franklin refers to a leak in a ship and how it can turn into a catastrophe. The Titanic is a good example of this theory. Create a presentation about the Titanic, including the efforts made by divers to recover lost cargo and valuables. Discuss.

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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