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. Virtue is to happiness as _____________.

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

3. Where should you look when you speak to a man?

4. Who is a person known to deceive more than any other?

5. Youth is compared to what vegetable?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Richard describe himself? What is his advice?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What proverb relates to the thought of "absence makes the heart grow fonder"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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."

Essay Topic 3

Write a biography on Benjamin Franklin. Focus on his personal life rather than on his professional career. Include information on family, goals, etc.

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