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. Although it may be hard to be poor, Franklin also says that it is ____________.

2. It is possible to give a man a place in office but it is not possible to give him what?

3. According to Franklin, what is the first vice?

4. From the arguments of this group we are able to divine the truth.

5. Many men have been ruined by what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One must be careful not to be quick to judge others or point out their faults. Part of that theory can be related to pride or humility. It can also be related to the fact that many people find it much easier to point out the faults of others than to recognize and face their own. Why is it difficult to face one's own faults? What are some faults that you see in other as well as yourself? Are there any faults in you that can be deemed irreparable or unforgivable? If so, what? What are some ways in which you might begin to recognize and repair your own faults? How can you refrain from pointing out the faults of others?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Franklin had a lot to say about using one's time well. This thought appears in several different areas, from being industrious to making time for leisure and through to being outright lazy. Following are three of Franklin's many citations on the topic. Explain each. Also describe what Franklin meant by laziness and leisure. Compare and contrast the two items.

"Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough."

"O Lazy-Bones! Dost thou think God would have given thee Arms and Legs, if he had not design'd thou should'st use them."

"A life of leisure and a life of laziness, are two things."

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