Andrew Carnegie and the Rise of Big Business Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Carnegie's ideas about machines, individual success and the American political system contribute to the development and growth of what?

2. Business transactions at the time take place over what type of communication?

3. Carnegie meets John Piper in 1856 in order to build _______ bridges, instead of wooden bridges that can be set afire from locomotive sparks and are not cost-effective beyond a certain span and load factor.

4. Coleman wants to raise the price of oil by doing what?

5. Carnegie rises from bobbin boy at __________ per week in 1850 to railroad superintendent at $2,400 per year in 1865.

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Pittsburgh important at this time?

2. How does industry benefit from Carnegie?

3. What does Andrew do from 1867 through 1872?

4. By what is this dream not diminished?

5. What agreement is made between the triumvirate and James L. Shaw?

6. How does Andrew escape the textile mills?

7. How does Carnegie determine he can profit from the boom in telegraphy?

8. Who is George M. Pullman? How do he and Carnegie become involved in business together?

9. Describe Carnegie's rise in business by 1865.

10. How does Andrew benefit from his work delivering telegraph messages?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The "American dream" characterizes America.

Part 1) What is the "American dream?" How does it characterize America? How did this dream come to be? How did this dream affect immigration into the United States? How does it affect immigration into our country today?

Part 2) How was Andrew Carnegie affected by this dream? What role did this dream play in his rise in power and Carnegie's being the richest man in the world?

Part 3) How are you affected by the "American dream?" How do you see this "dream" in your own community and in the U.S. as a whole? Do you believe it is as strong as it was over one hundred years ago? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Andrew becomes known as Pittsburgh's best telegraph operator.

Part 1) How does he become known as this? What does this reveal about his personality? How are these character traits continually revealed and reinforced throughout this book?

Part 2) How does Andrew benefit from this title? How does his work ethic and natural business sense impact the decisions he makes throughout his life?

Part 3) What can you learn from Andrew? How can you benefit from Andrew's experiences?

Essay Topic 3

Woodruff is the cornerstone of Carnegie's fortune.

Part 1) What is Woodruff? How has Carnegie's fortune grown up to this point? How does it become the cornerstone of Carnegie's fortune? How does this then lead to Columbia Oil?

Part 2) What important decisions does he make regarding these two companies that make them the cornerstone of his fortune? How do these companies lead to future growth in his wealth? Does he make a good decision by getting out of the oil business, investing in other businesses and finally ending up in the steel business? Explain.

Part 3) How do the decisions you have made in the past affect you today? How much of an impact will the decisions you make today have on your future? Do you believe that Carnegie's decisions were well-thought out or based on instinct and experience? Use the text to support your decision. Are most of your most influential decisions and actions based on organized plans or on your own instinct and knowledge?

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