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 person is willing to be ____, he will be able to have whatever he wants.

2. To be able to forgive and forget, it is best if injuries are written in what?

3. Which character is always seen as being on horseback but never moving forward?

4. The benefits in one's life should be written in what?

5. Franklin believes that age is ____ and doubting.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are some of the characteristics of a rich man?

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

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

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

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

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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