market who quotes many of Franklin’s most famous proverbs from Poor Richard’s Almanac. Choose 3-4 proverbs and explain their meaning. How might these proverbs be said to exemplify a “Protestant work ethic”? How do the proverbs point the way to wealth? “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America”4. “Cultural relativism” is a term coined in the early twentieth-century by anthropologist Franz Boas to suggest that an individual person’s beliefs and behaviors make the most sense within the context of their own culture. Or, as Dictionary.com explains it, cultural relativism is “a concept that cultural norms and values derive their meaning within a specific social context.” How might Franklin be said to display a sense of cultural relativism within his descriptions and explanations of Indian behavior? 5. Consider Franklin’s use of the term “savages.” Does he mean this term literally or ironically? A little bit of both? How can you tell? You may wish to compare Franklin’s use of the term with William Bradford’s use in his description of the “First Encounter.”6. What do readers learn about Iroquois traditions and values from this reading? How are these elements of Indian culture compared to similar elements in European / Colonial culture? What tone does Franklin take in pointing out some of these differences? The Autobiography7. What assumptions about human nature does Franklin make when he describes how he “conceiv’dthe bold and arduous Project of arriving at moral Perfection” (534)? What steps does he say humans must take in order to become morally perfect? How well or completely does his project succeed? Compare and / or contrast Franklin’s method of perfection with that of Jonathan Edwards, John Winthrop, or another writer from this course. 8. Summarize Franklin’s system for examining his conscience and evaluating his progress. Why has he chosen these virtues, placed in this particular order? Which virtues does he find easy and which are more challenging? Which would you find easiest and most difficult?
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