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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Franklin's son died of smallpox at what age?
(a) 4.
(b) 8.
(c) 2.
(d) 6.

2. After the British army failed, the colonies were even more anxious to develop and fund what?
(a) A public militia.
(b) A private quasi-military guard.
(c) A public colonial army.
(d) A private militia.

3. Who was Franklin's friend that suggested they build a town hospital?
(a) Dr. Keimer.
(b) Dr. Hollmes.
(c) Dr. Bold.
(d) Dr. Bond.

4. A new preacher named Mr. Whitefield arrived in Philadelphia in what year?
(a) 1741.
(b) 1739.
(c) 1737.
(d) 1743.

5. Which foreign troops were barbaric toward the American colonists?
(a) French.
(b) Spanish.
(c) Both British, French.
(d) British.

6. What languages did Franklin learn during his lifetime?
(a) German, Italian, Spanish.
(b) French, Italian, Dutch.
(c) French, Italian, Spanish.
(d) French,Russian, Spanish.

7. Franklin said it made more sense to start at the beginning and learn which language?
(a) Greek.
(b) Latin.
(c) Hebrew.
(d) Teutonic.

8. Franklin said he felt he and other inventors needed to be _____, and therefore he would not profit from his inventions?
(a) "Glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours."
(b) "We should be grateful to aid others through our inventions."
(c) "We should all use our talent enabling the improvement of others."
(d) "The chance to serve others through an invention is gift to us."

9. Franklin undertook the improvement of law enforcement, including the appointment of non-biased policemen and what else?
(a) Levying a provincial tax to pay them.
(b) Levying a city tax to pay them.
(c) Levying a county tax to pay them.
(d) Levying a colonial tax to pay them.

10. What were some of the inventions of Franklin's beyond his stove?
(a) Lightning rod, flexible urinary catheter, and the water pump.
(b) Bifocal eyeglasses, the glass harmonica, and the lightning rod.
(c) Bifocal glasses, recoiless rifle, and the lightning rod.
(d) Metal harmonica, visual glasses, and the flexible urinary catheter.

11. What did the governor argue before Loudoun?
(a) His authority came from England, the most important nation.
(b) He was given specific duties, the colonists have no rights.
(c) He was given specific duties, the Assembly must obey him.
(d) The colonists rights were limited to landownership, religion, education.

12. Which organization awarded Franklin an honorary membership and a gold medal?
(a) Royal Exploratory Society of Cambridge.
(b) Royal Society of London.
(c) Royal Order in Scientific Exploration of London.
(d) Society of Scientific Knowledge in Wellington.

13. What bad news prompted Franklin to go to Boston again?
(a) To visit James, who was in jail again.
(b) To visit his mother, who was dying.
(c) To visit his father, who was dying.
(d) To visit James, who was dying.

14. The president would confer with a council representing which group?
(a) Colonial landowners.
(b) The different colonies.
(c) Male property owners over 21.
(d) Colonial governments.

15. Two expenses that the colonists sought repayment of were what?
(a) A fireworks display, crops.
(b) A fireworks display, horses and carriages.
(c) Crops, farm animals,
(d) Crops, horses and carriages.

Short Answer Questions

1. Franklin assisted the postmaster of Philadelphia, a position that did what?

2. When did Franklin first write his Poor Richard's Almanac?

3. There was soon much frustration between the Assembly and the governor, so Franklin was sent to England to appeal about what?

4. Which department did Franklin lobby for in Philadelphia that other cities simulated but he claimed was the best?

5. Franklin wrote the Almanac to provide what?

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