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

Harold C. Livesay
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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. A second dimension necessary to effect this integration is the implementation of what system?

2. Henry Phipps reviews blast furnace operations where flue-cinders are thrown away. What happens to puddling furnace cinders?

3. Carnegie pressures management and Frick resigns again. Is his resignation accepted?

4. When Carnegie decides what furnace is more effective, he orders six more to be built immediately.

5. Who rescues Merritt's Mesabi Range from bankruptcy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a second dimension necessary to effect this integration?

2. Describe the seven years of peace and prosperity in the North.

3. Describe Carnegie's partners at this time.

4. What happens when Carnegie goes to Scotland?

5. What does Carnegie do between 1872 and 1889?

6. What does Frick's chairmanship mark?

7. Describe Captain Bill Jones' management of labor.

8. Carnegie's interest and insistence on cost-cutting leads him into more complex areas of manufacturing detail composition and chemistry. Give an example of this.

9. How does Carnegie rely on the McCallum system?

10. Why does Andrew not help Tom Scott? What are the effects of this decision?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Carnegie works for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Part 1) Describe his time with this railroad company. How is this time significant in his career as a businessman?

Part 2) What are four important things he learns from working for the Pennsylvania Railroad? How are these things useful later in his life?

Part 3) Andrew receives several promotions. Why? How is this success foreshadowed earlier in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Frick shares Carnegie's vision and drive but lacks a sense of humor and is self-righteous.

Part 1) Describe Henry Frick. What is the relationship between Frick and Carnegie? How does this relationship develop? How are both men affected by this relationship?

Part 2) What are the benefits and detriments of Frick to the Carnegie Company? In the end, do you believe Frick was a benefit or a detriment to Carnegie? Why?

Part 3) How does Frick allow his power to go to his head? How does this affect the decisions he makes about the Carnegie Company? Describe someone you know who has allowed power to adversely affect him or her. How can this be avoided? What is required in one's personality to avoid this egotism?

Essay Topic 3

The Panic of 1873 is significant.

Part 1) Describe the Panic of 1873. How does it begin? How are businesses and ordinary citizens affected by it? How does the country pull out of this panic? How does this panic compare to the 1929 Crash and the Great Depression that followed?

Part 2) Could this panic have been avoided? If so, how? If not, why not? Did the country learn from this panic? Why or why not?

Part 3) Could a panic such as this occur again? Why or why not? Have we as a country learned anything from this panic, the Crash of 1929, and other economic disasters? Explain.

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