Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack: Summary & Sayings


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1. Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack included weather forecasts because:

2. Benjamin Franklin published _____ under a pen name to try and get his work published in the New England Courant.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack (an older form of the word 'almanac') was extremely popular during Franklin's lifetime. These interactive practice questions will help you solidify your knowledge of Franklin's almanac and understand why it was so popular during its time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These learning assessments will test you on:

  • The purpose of Franklin's yearly almanac
  • The popularity of Poor Richard's Almanack
  • How many copies of the almanac Franklin sold per year
  • Benjamin Franklin's pen name

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - understand the most important facts about Poor Richard's Almanack
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about Benjamin Franklin to answer questions about his life as a writer and the content of his almanac
  • Making connections - assess why people used almanacs during the colonial days and why Franklin's unique writing style made these particular almanacs so popular

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, watch the accompanying lesson on Poor Richard's Almanack. The lesson covers the following concepts:

  • Learn about Benjamin Franklin's work as a creative writer
  • Understand the context and uses of almanacs during colonial times
  • Learn why Franklin's early writings were published under a pen name
  • Assess the historical significance of Poor Richard's Almanack