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. Which of the following is not one of the things that will increase a man's desires?

2. What is a faggot?

3. Those who are ignorant should not be ashamed. It is those who are _____ that should be ashamed.

4. Which is not one of the three things that can never be properly mended after being broken?

5. Franklin says that there are many more old fools in this world than there are what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is one of the most important things that cannot be completely repaired after it is broken?

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

6. What are creditors known for the most?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

People crave structure and discipline as a general rule. Franklin says that people will flock to places where there are good laws. What is meant by that statement? Who decides what should become law? What is the definition of a "good" law? Why does Franklin say, "Where there's no law, there's no bread?" How does that statement relate to "Where there is hunger, law is not regarded; and where law is not regarded, there will be hunger?" Does either statement refer to communism or a society providing for its own; or do the statements refer to theft? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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