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. At the end of the almanack, Richard lists how many virtues and suggestions?

2. What are two of the oldest companions to man?

3. Youth is compared to what vegetable?

4. Where should you look when you speak to a man?

5. The arguments of which group will ensure that man will get his goods?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is one of the most important things that cannot be completely repaired after it is broken?

7. How does Franklin describe becoming a complete and worthy man? What attributes to that goal?

8. What are some of the thirteen virtues listed by Franklin at the end of the book?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the creation and development of Richard Saunders as a character. Was Saunders simply a pen name or did he have his own personality and beliefs? Include information about Bridget Saunders and how she relates to the text. When do you think the public found out that Saunders was really Franklin? What kind of response might Franklin have received when the news came out? How do you think it affected the almanack?

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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