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 type of tree might be weak but still has a good purpose?

2. Whoever knows a fool is also sure to know the fool's ________________.

3. The author wonders why the wife of a blind man would use what?

4. What is a groat?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Bridget Saunders? How is she described by Franklin?

3. What should one know about the extent of his cleverness?

4. What is the author's opinion on finding honor in one's family?

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

6. What is the consequence of not punishing those who have committed a wrong?

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

8. What is the author's view of political office as it relates to morals?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a biography on Benjamin Franklin. Focus on his personal life rather than on his professional career. Include information on family, goals, etc.

Essay Topic 2

Franklin was very vocal on the topic of humility. Why do you think that is? Were Franklin's views on humility due to religious and moral beliefs, personal circumstances, or the way he was raised? How did Franklin's family affect his moral standing? Were all members of the family Quaker? How were they involved in Franklin's professional careers?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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