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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Questions

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  1. If Franklin hadn't died before he finished the Autobiography, what else do you think he would have said? How do you think he would have ended his book?
  2. Do you think Franklin was really a virtuous person? Why or why not?
  3. How much influence did Franklin really have in shaping America as we know it today?
  4. If you were compiling your own list of virtues, as Franklin did, what would be on it and why?
  5. Franklin uses books as metaphors for his life. If you were going to come up with a metaphor for your own life, what would it be? How does this object or idea describe you?
  6. Have you read any autobiographies by modern politicians or civil servants, like President Obama or Sarah Palin? If so, how do they compare to Franklin's?

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