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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Carnegie's methods in steel concentrate what?

2. Americans in the North have how many years of peace and prosperity as they begin to exploit American markets?

3. In __________, Carnegie has the most modern operation.

4. Phipps sees possible gains in other operations and encourages Carnegie to hire who?

5. Bank failures destroy personal savings, social safety nets are nonexistent and workers retreat to the family farm or where?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

With the forming of an enterprise to manufacture Bessemer steel, Carnegie changes from capitalist to entrepreneur.

Part 1) Why does he decide to move into the steel business? How does this change him from a capitalist to an entrepreneur? Is this a good maneuver? If so, why? If not, why not?

Part 2) Carnegie follows a policy of putting all of his eggs in the same basket and watching that basket. Is this a good policy? Why or why not? How has becoming an entrepreneur changed Carnegie? In what ways has he stayed the same?

Part 3) Carnegie's partners include many wealthy executives and merchants. How important are these men in Carnegie's new ventures in steel? How have others been important in Carnegie's professional career? How important are others in your own life and advancements you have made?

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

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?

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