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

2. What should you do when confronted with small faults?

3. A man is considered to be powerful is he is able to manage what?

4. Where there is hunger, it is likely that _____ will not be regarded.

5. Which relative should you visit often but not at night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What proverb relates to the thought of "absence makes the heart grow fonder"?

4. What is the worst hope one can have for a miser?

5. What are creditors known for the most?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is said that Franklin did not practice what he preached throughout the almanack. Many historical tomes report that Franklin was known to be one that ate and drank too much and was often unfaithful to his wife. This was an especially popular rumor after Franklin became an ambassador to France. Discuss this rumor and prove or disprove to the best of your ability.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the creation of POOR RICHARD'S ALMANACK. When was it first created? What was its original purpose? Do you think Franklin was truly inspired to create the pamphlets or that he created them simply because he had the means to print them? When did the pamphlets evolve into books? How many pamphlets were there in total? How many books? How many revisions? Did the almanacks bring Franklin fame or fortune?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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