Poor Richard's Almanack Test | Final 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 are two of the oldest companions to man?

2. People tend to not realize the worth of something until it is what?

3. Who is accused of having vanity as a pain?

4. One must always consider three things: Where you came from, where you are going, and _____________.

5. A child and a prince will always quarrel over trifles. What are trifles?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can a person judge the true character of another?

2. What are Franklin's views regarding observation before and after marriage?

3. What does Franklin have to say about a discontented man?

4. What is Poor Richard's view on satisfying desires?

5. What will happen when one is faced with reason but chooses to ignore it?

6. How does Richard describe himself? What is his advice?

7. What are some of the things that can ruin a man's wealth?

8. How does Franklin describe becoming a complete and worthy man? What attributes to that goal?

9. What is said about being a know it all?

10. What is the prevailing thought about a person's background and shame?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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."

Essay Topic 2

Franklin makes references to letters and mail in the almanack. It is also shared that Franklin had a great deal to do with the development of the United States Post Office. Research and write a 1000 word essay on the post office and Franklin's involvement. Who is responsible for creating the post office? Was it an elected or appointed job? How is the post office different today than it was in Franklin's day? What services are supplied at the post office today that were not offered in Franklin's day?

Essay Topic 3

Franklin is closely tied to Boston and Philadelphia, as mentioned in the text. Compare and contrast the two cities, both in Colonial times and today.

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