by John McCall


Ben Franklin,
Gimme a Break

Puzzles based on Ben and Verse

Three Choice Puzzle

This puzzle was designed for a span of grade levels. Mark the letter for the jingle – good or bad -- that comes closest to the meaning of the quotation (from 3 possibilities).


1. Ben Franklin said, “At a great pennyworth (bargain), pause a while.”
a. One’s debts in cash, memory crash.
b. Low price? Break … twice.
c) Use legs like pegs?


2. Ben Franklin said, “Many complain of their memory, few of their judgment"
a. Heart without head? Tire without tread.
b. Memory hugs data with bugs (errors).
c. Most blame their recall, their sense not at all.


3. Ben Franklin said, “By diligence and patience, the mouse bit in two the cable.”
a. Drip … drip … drip – mountains split.
b. Patience’ rays are steady, but not ever-ready.
c. “Soon, I will,” means “not until.”


4. Ben Franklin said, “They who have nothing to trouble about will be troubled at nothing.”
a. Thumb burned, hand learned.
b. Lips clown, then frown.
c. Why father your bother?


5. Ben Franklin said, “An honest man will receive neither praise nor money that is not his due.”
a. Ethics should simmer, not boil or simmer.
b. Take shady laurels? Against my morals.
c. You donate? Watch which plate. `


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