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. People often wish for something but never give thought to what?

2. What will help a man to become profound?

3. Which is not one of the three things that can never be properly mended after being broken?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who is Bridget Saunders? How is she described by Franklin?

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

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

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

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

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 was very vocal on the topic of humility. Why do you think that is? Were Franklin's views on humility due to religious and moral beliefs, personal circumstances, or the way he was raised? How did Franklin's family affect his moral standing? Were all members of the family Quaker? How were they involved in Franklin's professional careers?

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