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. Franklin says that there are many more old fools in this world than there are what?

2. If you know of a really good subject, you are more likely to do what?

3. "You may delay, but time will not" is most similar to which saying?

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

5. What is one thing that a mother would never exchange?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are creditors known for the most?

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

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

8. What are the things referenced in two sayings about altering one's character for the worse?

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

10. Who is Bridget Saunders? How is she described by Franklin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

It is said that Franklin was a compiler of old proverbs and did not write them all as some are led to believe. Research at least one section of proverbs to find out which ones were compiled and which ones originated with Franklin. Also compare the proverbs that are repetitive to see if Franklin simply adapted old sayings for his use. Write out a list of those proverbs in each category.

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