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. What should you leave behind come the new year?

2. Which of the following is not one of the things that will increase a man's desires?

3. What will help a man to become profound?

4. One is bound to learn from things that have caused _________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Franklin have to say about a discontented man?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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