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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. While he was good at writing, Franklin failed math, so Josiah put him to work in what business he operated?
(a) Tallow-chandler and soap.
(b) Baking.
(c) Blacksmith.
(d) Tanning.

2. Franklin's final competition was Bradford, who not only had a print shop, but ran what?
(a) An unreliable postal service.
(b) A shipping business.
(c) The Pony Express service.
(d) A stationary shop.

3. His father told him he might consider helping him out if Franklin did what?
(a) Earned half the cost of his business first.
(b) Worked in the printing trade for several more years.
(c) Earned his passage back to Philadelphia.
(d) Saved a good portion of what he needed.

4. Who did Franklin initially address his autobiography opening to?
(a) His son, William.
(b) His wife, Mary Anne.
(c) His son, Benjamin, Jr.
(d) His daughter, Margaret.

5. Subscribers signed a promissory note and agreed to pay what for any book they did not return?
(a) Twice the book's value.
(b) The book's value.
(c) Two week's of their salary.
(d) Their entire subscription fee.

6. Franklin hated his father's trade and dreamed of doing what instead?
(a) Raising horses.
(b) Becoming a politician.
(c) Going to sea.
(d) Becoming a soldier.

7. Who found Franklin in Philadelphia and encouraged him to return home?
(a) Robert Holmes, his uncle.
(b) Robert Holmes, a family friend.
(c) Robert Holmes, a cousin.
(d) Robert Holmes, his brother-in-law.

8. Which three friends did Franklin spend his last months in Philadelphia with?
(a) Charles Osborne, Joseph Watson, James Ralph.
(b) Charles Osborne, Joseph Watson, Ralph James.
(c) Charles Osborne, James Watson, Joseph Ralph.
(d) Joseph Osborne, Charles Watson, James Ralph.

9. Who provided Franklin a letter of recommendation when en route home from Philadelphia?
(a) Mayor of New York.
(b) Governor of the province.
(c) William Bradford.
(d) Mayor of Philadelphia.

10. In his autobiography, what point did Franklin devote the most pages to?
(a) His view of religion.
(b) His virtues plan.
(c) His father.
(d) His courtship of Miss Read.

11. On what schedule did Franklin approach his collection of virtues?
(a) 1 weekly, leaving others to chance.
(b) 13 simultaneously.
(c) 1 bi- weekly, leaving others to chance.
(d) 1 daily, leaving others to chance.

12. Franklin dated and nearly married a woman, until her family forbade their courtship when they decided what?
(a) His business would fail.
(b) His politics were too uncertain.
(c) He had no religious values.
(d) He was dating Miss Read also.

13. What was it Franklin discovered in the end regarding his virtues?
(a) He was not perfect and would never achieve perfection.
(b) He was as virtuous as a human could be.
(c) He was not perfect and did not wish to be.
(d) He had mastered some virtues but not all.

14. At age 12, Franklin was indentured to James, his older brother, until he was how old?
(a) 21.
(b) 25.
(c) 18.
(d) 16.

15. His father received visits from important noble men which Franklin admired and also from friends seeking what?
(a) Money.
(b) Food.
(c) Prayer.
(d) Advice.

Short Answer Questions

1. His former co-worker's father did not pay for the business as he had promised, so what did he and Franklin agree to?

2. Franklin was a founding member of an intellectual club bearing what name?

3. In Philadelphia, Franklin soon worked for Mr. Bradford's son, Andrew, and what other printer?

4. What did Franklin hope would result when he included his collection of virtues in his autobiography?

5. After Franklin completed the task sought of him, what did the new employer do?

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