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

2. To be intimate with a foolish friend is like going to bed with a what?

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

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

5. Shame should never come into play regarding what in a person's life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are Franklin's views regarding observation before and after marriage?

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

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. What is the author's opinion on finding honor in one's family?

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

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

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?

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