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. Where should you look when a man speaks to you?

2. What will help a man to become profound?

3. When should a person go to bed if he wants to be healthy, wealthy and wise?

4. What should you leave behind come the new year?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the author's view of political office as it relates to morals?

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

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

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

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

6. What is Poor Richard's view on satisfying desires?

7. Why does Franklin believe that "early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise?"

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

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

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

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 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

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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