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

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

3. People will tend to flock to the place that has what?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Name at least two of Franklin's warnings about food?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Education was a large part of Franklin's life, even though educational opportunities were somewhat limited while the author was growing up. Compare and contrast Franklin's level of education with what is common today. What educational facilities are most often associated with Franklin? Explain Franklin's dedication to education and learning throughout the course of his life.

Essay Topic 3

Along with his thoughts on creating good and honest relationships, Franklin also discusses friendship. In Franklin's opinion, friendships should be made carefully, nurtured and cherished. Some examples are as follows: "A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both;" "Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing;" and "Thou canst not joke an enemy into a friend; but thou may'st a friend into an enemy."

Explain what Franklin means in each of these proverbs. How do they apply to your friendships? On what do you base a friendship? Do you make friends easily or is it difficult? Are you a good friend or a fair weather friend?

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