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. One must always consider three things: Where you came from, where you are going, and _____________.

2. Many men have been ruined by what?

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

4. What will help a man to become profound?

5. The author advises against doing something if one would be ashamed to be caught. Which saying is the most similar to the proverb?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is said about being a know it all?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

People crave structure and discipline as a general rule. Franklin says that people will flock to places where there are good laws. What is meant by that statement? Who decides what should become law? What is the definition of a "good" law? Why does Franklin say, "Where there's no law, there's no bread?" How does that statement relate to "Where there is hunger, law is not regarded; and where law is not regarded, there will be hunger?" Does either statement refer to communism or a society providing for its own; or do the statements refer to theft? Explain.

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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