Reminiscences of a Stock Operator Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Edwin Lefèvre
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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. How much money did Livingston make on the Union Pacific sell off?

2. What does Livingston say is impossible to catch?

3. Where does Livingston go when he leaves Boston?

4. As the market slides, what signs are showing in other financial institutions?

5. What did Livingston decide to look at when thinking about what to buy or sell?

Short Essay Questions

1. What job did Livingston have when the book opened and how are stock quotes done?

2. What does Livingston do with Roberts suggestion?

3. What does Livingston do when he can't bet in Boston and how much money does he have?

4. What happens to Livingston in St. Louis?

5. What does Livingston say makes a successful stock trader?

6. What does Livingston say about trading every day?

7. Why is Livingston still losing money on Wall Street?

8. What does Livingston say must be available in order to sell a stock and why?

9. What commodities is Livingston trading and how is that going?

10. What kind of hunch does Livingston talk about in Chapter VI?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Livingston gives a number of his opinions on the stock market.

1. Discuss Livingston 's opinions of three topics. Do you agree or disagree with him? Why?

2. Compare and contrast Livingston's opinions from this book with what you might imagine he would think today in the 21st century. How do you think his opinions would change? Would remain the same? Explain fully.

3. Discuss how you think Livingston's view on several topics from this essay informs his life as a trader.

Essay Topic 2

The young Livingston is fascinated by patterns in the tape and has an excellent memory for numbers. He is able to remember the patterns various stocks normally exhibit well enough to predict their behavior or notice if they act strangely. He records his predictions and compares them to the actual performance of the stocks. Livingston trusts his observations more than tips from others.

1. What would you say about Livingston as a person based on the above paragraph?

2. Livingston is 15-years-old when the book opens. Describe the characteristics you see in Livingston that you would consider typical for a 15 year old and the ones you consider more adult like.

3. Livingston from the brief description above seems like a very organized, possibly even obsessive individual. Discuss the ways you believe this type of personality might do well as a stock broker.

Essay Topic 3

One can only sell shares of a stock if there are willing buyers. There is only so much stock for a particular company, and individual traders can strongly affect the market through their actions.

1. What do you think would happen to a stock if everyone wanted to sell but no one wanted to buy? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think given the size of the market when Livingston was a trader and now that individual traders can still affect the market? Why or why not?

3. Given the difference in size between the market of Livingston's day and the present time, discuss ways in which his advice might not be relevant today.

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