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. Franklin believes that age is ____ and doubting.

2. If a man truly wants to be recognized, he should be judged by what?

3. If you know of a really good subject, you are more likely to do what?

4. The author wonders why the wife of a blind man would use what?

5. One may be seen as weak if he has courage but not ____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What should one know about the extent of his cleverness?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The almanack states in several places that one should be careful not to act as a fool. In Franklin's eyes, a fool is not necessarily an uneducated person, rather an unwise one. Explain at least five of Franklin's sayings regarding fools and the way they conduct their lives. What is Franklin's advice about being a fool? What is the author's advice about interacting with a fool?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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