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					                Ben Franklin Study Questions, Part 1: Note, Outline, and Pages 1-8

Answer the following questions. To support your answers that require support, use direct quotations
from the autobiography along with the page number from which you obtained the quotation.

1. Did Franklin want his autobiography to be made public?

2. When does Franklin begin writing and for whom does he write? (Quotation needed)

3. What is Franklin's birth date?

4. What did most of Franklin's brothers do (as was custom in the 18th century)?

5. Who are Franklin's parents? What does Franklin say in admiration of his father?

                         Ben Franklin Study Questions, Part 1: Pages 9-15

Answer the following questions as fully as necessary.

1. What profession did Josiah repeatedly dissuade Ben from?

2. Why did Ben independently study the Cocker's Book of Arithmetick?

3. What was significant about James's profession?

4. How did Ben submit articles to be published?

5. Did Ben enjoy working as an apprentice for his brother? Why or why not?

6. What conversation about women did Ben and John Collins have?

                         Ben Franklin Study Questions, Part 1: Pages 23-31

Answer the following questions as fully as necessary.

7. Ben visits his brother in Rhode Island and nearly falls victim to what/whom on his way to New York
   City?

8. What does Ben do to Collins when Collins refuses to take his turn at rowing the boat?

9. What does Collins fail to do before parting with Ben the final time?

10. What changes does Ben make in his diet during this reading selection?

11. During this time, Ben makes friends with Charles Osborne, Joseph Watson, and James Ralph. What
    do they all have in common?

12. Who will accompany Ben on his voyage to England?

13. What is Ben's primary reason for going to England?
14. Who does Ben begin courting?

15. What type of contest did Charles, Joseph, James, and Ben have?

16. Did Ben and Keimer agreeably live together?

                          Ben Franklin Study Questions, Part 1: Pages 31-41

Answer the following questions as fully as necessary and cite page numbers.

1. When Ben arrives in London in December 1724, he was "let into Keith's character". What, exactly,
   was Keith's character?

2. When in London, Ben fails to keep in contact with Miss Read. What are his thoughts on this?

3. Why did Ralph change his name, and what did he change it to?

4. Ben left Palmer's (a famous printing house) to work where?

5. After Ben began at his new place of employment, he also moved into new housing. Explain who he
   shared the warehouse with, what he thought of them, and how he got his rent lowered.

6. What physical activity/exercise is Ben exceptionally good at?

7. Mr. Denham came to London on the ship with Ben. How did Mr. Denham attempt to get money he
   loaned to others back?

8. Mr. Denham and Ben open shop back in Philadelphia. Does this arrangement work out?

9. What are some of the activities Ben enjoys most? (That is, how does he spend his spare time?)

10. At the end of this selection, who approaches Ben with the proposition to set up business?

                             Ben Franklin Questions, Part 2: Pages 64 - 72

Answer the following questions.

11. Franklin mentions his goal of achieving "moral perfection". Is he serious or is he joking?

12. How many virtues does Franklin list?

13. Name at least five of the virtues.

14. What virtue gave Ben the most trouble?

15. Did Franklin think he was a good speaker?

16. What does "but I think I like a speckled ax best" mean (in regard to this autobiography)?

                         Ben Franklin Study Questions, Part 3: Pages 73 - 83
Answer the following questions completely.

17. What was the name of the almanac Ben published?

18. What was the purpose of the almanac?

19. How long did the almanac last?

20. What branch of education does Ben recommend for young females?

21. What happened to Ben’s four year old?

22. Ben rose to the top of the mail delivery world becoming what?

23. Ben also formed the first modernized fire department. What was its name?

24. In 1731, Ben began a project to create a new political party. Explain this.

25. On page 76, what advice does Ben give young printers?

26. What does Ben mention about languages?

27. Mr. Whitfield preaches (page 83). What does Ben have to say about this?

28.
                                     Ben Franklin Study Questions
                                             Pages 83-93

17. Specifically describe Mr. Whitfield’s oratory abilities (84-85).

18. What is Franklin referring to when he says, “that after getting the first hundred pound, it is more
    easy to get the second” (85).

19. What does Franklin say about business partnerships?

20. What was Plain Truth?

21. Summarize what Franklin says about the Quakers on pages 87-91.

22. What does Franklin invent in 1742?

23. What is “viz”?

24. What does Franklin say about patents?

25. What (and when) academy did Franklin establish?

                        Ben Franklin Study Questions, Part 3: Pages 93 - 103

Answer the following questions completely.
29. What is the name of Ben's printing-office business partner with whom Ben had a successful
    partnership?

30. What are Ben's thoughts regarding the Indians?

31. Why did people often consult Franklin ("Have you consulted Franklin upon this business?" [96])?

32. What is Franklin's advice to those who seek solicitations (look on page 97)?

33. What did Franklin do to improve the cleanliness of the Boston streets?

34. What does this quote mean: "Human felicity is produc'd not so much by great pieces of good
    fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day." ?

                         Ben Franklin Study Questions, Part 3: Pages 93 - 103

Answer the following questions completely.

35. What is the name of Ben's printing-office business partner with whom Ben had a successful
    partnership?

36. What are Ben's thoughts regarding the Indians?

37. Why did people often consult Franklin ("Have you consulted Franklin upon this business?" [96])?

38. What is Franklin's advice to those who seek solicitations (look on page 97)?

39. What did Franklin do to improve the cleanliness of the Boston streets?

40. What does this quote mean: "Human felicity is produc'd not so much by great pieces of good
    fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day." ?

                           Ben Franklin Questions, Part 3: Pages 103 - 110

Answer the following questions completely.

41. Franklin develops a funding plan for the armed forces in the colonies during the French and Indian
    War (a.k.a. the Seven Year's War in Europe). How does the English government react to this?

42. Franklin sends out letters asking for the collection of what to help the forces?

43. Franklin also assembles care packages. What are two of the items he placed in the care packages?

44. Were the care packages well received?

45. Does Franklin go out in the field with the soldiers?

				
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