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. From the arguments of this group we are able to divine the truth.

2. One may be seen as weak if he has courage but not ____________.

3. If you trust someone with your secrets, it is the same as selling him your _______________.

4. What is a groat?

5. When something begins in anger, it is bound to end in what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do possessions and the afterlife relate according to this section?

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

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

7. What is the story used about education versus common sense in regards to Tim?

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

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

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

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

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 likes to talk about being industrious. The author clearly believes this as he showed a great deal of industriousness throughout his life. Make a list of all of Franklin's inventions. Choose at least five and write an essay on each. Which was the most difficult to invent? Why? Which was the most important? Which are still in use today? Which do you use on a regular basis?

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