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. Which two things are considered to be the practice of fools?

2. There is an ancient tale about an object that is able to turn lead into what?

3. What should you do when confronted with small faults?

4. What is a faggot?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one of the qualities that helps a man be wise?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are some of the characteristics of a rich man?

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

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

10. What are creditors known for the most?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is said that Franklin was a compiler of old proverbs and did not write them all as some are led to believe. Research at least one section of proverbs to find out which ones were compiled and which ones originated with Franklin. Also compare the proverbs that are repetitive to see if Franklin simply adapted old sayings for his use. Write out a list of those proverbs in each category.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Franklin is closely tied to Boston and Philadelphia, as mentioned in the text. Compare and contrast the two cities, both in Colonial times and today.

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