Benjamin Franklin
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by Alison Stout
| 12 Questions
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Benjamin Franklin questions for article "The Ultimate Solution Creator"
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Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished inventor. Which of the following was one of his inventions?
sunglasses
lightning
first woodburning stove
U.S. postal system
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Benjamin Franklin was very concerned with creating inventions so he could become wealthy.
True
False
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Benjamin Franklin was skilled at solving problems. What made him so adept at this?

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Why did Franklin invent the Franklin stove?

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The Franklin stove was extremely successful.
True
False
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Benjamin Franklin's most famous invention was....
bifocals
printing press
lightning rod
skateboard
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Fun Facts about Ben Franklin
  • Ben was his dad's 15th child of 17 total children!
  • Ben Franklin was the first Postmaster General of the United States.
  • Later in life, Ben set his slaves free and became a fighter for the freedom of slaves.
  • He didn't patent any of his many inventions, letting people use his ideas for free.
  • Franklin became fairly wealthy from the publishing of Poor Richard's Almanack.
  • He loved playing chess and was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • As a teenager, Franklin had several letters published in his brother's newspaper under the fake name "Silence Dogood." His brother was not happy when he found out.
  • During his life, Franklin's views on slavery changed dramatically. In 1748, he purchased his first slave, but by 1760 he had freed all of his slaves. He became a staunch abolitionist and spent much of his later life campaigning for an end to slavery.
What do you notice about his accoplishments. What conclusion can you draw about Ben Franklin?

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Franklin was the first known creator of the "pros and cons" list. How did he use this as a solution to problems? How do you think it can help you?

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What year was Franklin appointed as the first Postmaster General?
1988
2019
1772
1775
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Benjamin Franklin patented all of his designs and inventions.
True
False
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Describe Benjamin Franklin using at least four character traits. Support each trait with evidence from the text.

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In the last paragraph it tells us that Franklin resisted hoarding. Tell what you think hoarding means in this sentence by using context clues in the story.

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