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. If a man got at least half of everything he wished for, what he would end up with would be ___________.

2. "You may delay, but time will not" is most similar to which saying?

3. According to Franklin, what is the first vice?

4. Although virtue may not make one handsome, which of the following with surely make one ugly?

5. What is the end to this famous saying: To err is human, to forgive is divine, to persist is __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the things referenced in two sayings about altering one's character for the worse?

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

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

4. What is the most common way in which a man will deal with his faults?

5. What are creditors known for the most?

6. What is one of the qualities that helps a man be wise?

7. What are some of the thirteen virtues listed by Franklin at the end of the book?

8. Why does Franklin believe that "early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise?"

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

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

The first edition of Poor Richard's Almanack in the form of pamphlets appeared in 1732. Although many of the sayings still hold true today, much of the language no longer applies. This is due in part to the time in which the almanacks were written as well as a combination of the Queen's and King's language. Colloquialisms are another barrier the modern reader must overcome. Discuss the colloquialisms often used by Franklin, variations on spelling and how they may make meanings unclear or difficult for the modern American reader. How might some of the sayings be adapted for today? Would you use colloquialisms or avoid them?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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