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. If one wishes to prolong his or her life, what is the best advice?

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

3. It is important for a man to remember that he should not dwell with whom?

4. What will help a man to become profound?

5. What does Bis dat qui cito dat mean?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the most common way in which a man will deal with his faults?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Franklin makes references to letters and mail in the almanack. It is also shared that Franklin had a great deal to do with the development of the United States Post Office. Research and write a 1000 word essay on the post office and Franklin's involvement. Who is responsible for creating the post office? Was it an elected or appointed job? How is the post office different today than it was in Franklin's day? What services are supplied at the post office today that were not offered in Franklin's day?

Essay Topic 2

Great disasters often start with small problems. Franklin refers to a leak in a ship and how it can turn into a catastrophe. The Titanic is a good example of this theory. Create a presentation about the Titanic, including the efforts made by divers to recover lost cargo and valuables. Discuss.

Essay Topic 3

Along with his thoughts on creating good and honest relationships, Franklin also discusses friendship. In Franklin's opinion, friendships should be made carefully, nurtured and cherished. Some examples are as follows: "A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both;" "Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing;" and "Thou canst not joke an enemy into a friend; but thou may'st a friend into an enemy."

Explain what Franklin means in each of these proverbs. How do they apply to your friendships? On what do you base a friendship? Do you make friends easily or is it difficult? Are you a good friend or a fair weather friend?

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