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

2. According to Franklin, youth is both pert and ___________.

3. Those who are ignorant should not be ashamed. It is those who are _____ that should be ashamed.

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

5. People will tend to flock to the place that has what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What will happen when one is faced with reason but chooses to ignore it?

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

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 takes after classic parables by presenting stories, poems, or rhymes in corner to impact wisdom or a moral view. Do you think these references were influenced more by the Bible or traditional folk lore? How many do you think were created by Franklin? Choose at least three from the almanack. Examine each story and determine the point and moral of each story. Write your own stories using unique characters that encompass the same values and/or morals.

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