Reading Log: from The Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (pg. 86) Directions



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Reading Log: from The Autobiography
by Benjamin Franklin (pg. 86)

Directions: Respond to the questions below. Be sure to answer all parts of each question completely. If you do not provide textual evidence for the questions that require it NO CREDIT WLL BE GIVEN FOR THE ENTIRE QUESTION.

  1. Before Reading: List a three or four character traits that successful people should have. List one or two people you consider to be successful and explain why you think they are successful.

Character Traits

Successful People







  1. If you had to name one character trait that you think made Franklin a success, what would it be? Explain why. Provide textual evidence, in MLA format, to support your answer.



  1. Franklin examines his actions and motives, discussing them at great length throughout The Autobiography; however, many of his personality traits are revealed through his actions, not through direct statements. What does the difficult journey from Boston to Philadelphia reveal about the character of young Franklin? Provide textual evidence, in MLA format, to support your answer.



  1. Franklin ends his list of virtues with “humility.” Did you find evidence of pride—the opposite of humility—in his history (the answer is yes)? Please provide textual evidence supporting your answer. Remember to cite, as always, in MLA format.



  1. Which virtue from Franklin’s list do you find most important? Least important? Why?

Most Important & Why

Least Important & Why








  1. Reactions to Franklin’s Autobiography have sometimes been negative. Read the following comment by Mark Twain. Based on Twain’s tone, how does Twain feel about Franklin? Do you agree or disagree with his assessment? Why?

“[Franklin had] a malevolence which is without parallel in history; he would work all day and then sit up nights an diet on to be studying algebra by the light of a moldering fire, so that all the boys might have to do that also, or else have Benjamin Franklin thrown upon them. Not satisfied with these proceedings, he had a fashion of living wholly on bread and water, and studying astronomy at mealtime—a thing which has brought affliction to millions of boys since, whose fathers had read Franklin’s pernicious biography.” –Mark Twain

What is Mark Twain’s tone in the passage above? How can you tell?



Do you agree or disagree with his assessment of Benjamin Franklin?

Circle one: Agree Disagree

Why do you agree or disagree with Mark Twain (based on what you read in his autobiography)?







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