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3.3.5: Reading and Review Questions
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- In The Way to Wealth, what comfort does Franklin derive from his works being preferred not by critics and other writers but by common people? Why?
- In “An Edict by the King of Prussia,” what faults of the British Crown does Franklin attribute to the King of Prussia? Why does he deflect criticism in this way?
- What complaints against the British Crown are shared by the “Rules by Which a Great Empire May be Reduced to a Small One” and the Declaration of Independence? Why does Franklin use this means to make these complaints, do you think?
- In The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, what literary works does Franklin cite as important to the shaping of his mind? What, if anything, do these works have in common? What power does Franklin attribute to the written word?
- What human behaviors and qualities does Franklin list in his virtues and precepts? What, if anything, do they have in common? How do they compare to Puritan virtues? How do they contrast?