Poor Richard's Almanack Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the most important thing when making an agreement with a friend?

2. What has one achieved when he lets go of the bridle and falls off the horse?

3. Which two things are considered to be the practice of fools?

4. What does Bis dat qui cito dat mean?

5. A child and a prince will always quarrel over trifles. What are trifles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Silence is golden may be the motto for many of Franklin's sayings. Why does Franklin warn against speaking too much or too often, even on topics of interest? Why does speaking often cause trouble when there is none? Do you think that speaking your mind can cause trouble? What is Franklin's opinion on a woman and excessive talking? Do you agree or disagree with Franklin's thoughts? What are the Constitutional references to free speech? To what areas do they apply?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Franklin is closely tied to Boston and Philadelphia, as mentioned in the text. Compare and contrast the two cities, both in Colonial times and today.

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