Reminiscences of a Stock Operator Test | Final 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. What does Livingston say about a drop in a stock price?

2. Why was Consolidated Stove formed?

3. What does Livingston suggest is the reason for urges?

4. What does Livingston say one should do when a stock that's being sold is dropping?

5. Why does Livingston say traders are often vilified in the press and by other traders?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Livingston say about forces that can cause plans to go wrong?

2. Is Livingston asked for tips? What does he say?

3. What does Livingston do when insiders in Tropical Trading try to knock him out of the market?

4. What does Livingston say about selling stocks on a payment plan and stock splits?

5. What does Livingston begin to do for a living?

6. What does Livingston say about the press and insider trading?

7. Sum up what Livingston says about cornering the market.

8. How does Livingston feel about tips and to what does he attribute his success?

9. What does Livingston notice about the price of Tropical Trading and what does he do about it?

10. How does Livingston think James R. Keene would do in the market of Livingston's era.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This book is a work of fiction yet also a thinly disguised biography. Can a book be both fiction and non-fiction?

1. Would you classify this book as a novel or a biography? Why?

2. Research biography and fiction. Write a short essay explaining the difference.

3. Do you think a novel can have so much of the truth in it that it could be classified as non-fiction? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Livingston goes back and forth between cities trying to earn money. He won't settle down and learn how to do Wall Street. Given his circumstances he doesn't seem to be a very stable individual.

1. Would you agree or disagree with the above statement? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Given what we've seen thus far of Livingston's character explain, in detail, why he probably wouldn't be happy in a steady job.

3. Why do you think Livingston keeps moving around? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Livingston is flat broke and becomes ill. He goes to Chicago to recover. He wonders how he made so many mistakes. He goes back to New York.

1. What do you think the typical person would do if she/he were in Livingston's position?

2. Why do you think Livingston has continued to make mistakes in his trading? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. Given that Livingston is flat broke yet again, still he returns to New York. Why do you think Livingston keeps trying?

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