Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Matt Taibbi
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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. The fundamental belief of what philosophy is that self-interest is a normal human state and interventionism by the government is unnatural and evil?

2. Where are the headquarters of Deutsche Bank?

3. During what years was Ronald Reagan President of the United States?

4. According to the author, what philosophy translates to "My facts are facts and your facts are not facts"?

5. For what magazine was Matt Taibbi working as a reporter when he describes having listened to the acceptance speech of Sarah Palin in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the public and private sectors evolve and change during Alan Greenspan's reign of the Federal Reserve, as described in Chapter 2?

2. How did Greenspan's views of American politics change over time?

3. How did Matt Taibbi feel about the Presidential campaign in Chapter 1? What events were unforeseen at this point in history?

4. Describe Alan Greenspan's childhood and education. Where did Greenspan study economics?

5. What impact did Alan Greenspan have on the Federal Reserve during his years in power?

6. What did Eljon Williams learn about the commission involved in his mortgage?

7. How did Ayn Rand influence Alan Greenspan, and in effect, American finance?

8. How does the author relate Alan Greenspan's methods with those of a casino?

9. How does the Tea Party mislead its followers from the true enemy, according to the author?

10. What does Taibbi assert was at the root of the 2008 financial crisis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the strategies of the Nixon campaign with those of the Tea Party. How did Palin's approach relate to Nixon's?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the political career of Sarah Palin. What does the author assert of Palin's capabilities as a politician?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the actions of Goldman-Sachs in relation to speculative trading. What actions did Goldman take which were unethical? What actions were potentially illegal?

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