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. At the end of the almanack, Richard lists how many virtues and suggestions?

2. Whoever knows a fool is also sure to know the fool's ________________.

3. If you should wish a long life to a ______, you will wish him no good.

4. What is a faggot?

5. A person who can conquer ____ is thought to have strength.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some of the things that can ruin a man's wealth?

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

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

6. What are creditors known for the most?

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

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

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

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

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

Great disasters often start with small problems. Franklin refers to a leak in a ship and how it can turn into a catastrophe. The Titanic is a good example of this theory. Create a presentation about the Titanic, including the efforts made by divers to recover lost cargo and valuables. Discuss.

Essay Topic 3

Along with his thoughts on creating good and honest relationships, Franklin also discusses friendship. In Franklin's opinion, friendships should be made carefully, nurtured and cherished. Some examples are as follows: "A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both;" "Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing;" and "Thou canst not joke an enemy into a friend; but thou may'st a friend into an enemy."

Explain what Franklin means in each of these proverbs. How do they apply to your friendships? On what do you base a friendship? Do you make friends easily or is it difficult? Are you a good friend or a fair weather friend?

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