Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 old was Wynn's father when he died?

2. Wynn was in the company of _____________ mobsters when he entered the Las Vegas casino market at the Frontier in 1967.

3. Jerome Zarowitz was a member of which organized crime family?

4. In what year did The Mirage hotel and casino open?

5. Which securities wizard helped Wynn establish the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City and the Mirage in Las Vegas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What work did Wynn do for Cassandra Limited promoter-director Matt Gregory and what was the speculation about Wynn's income vs. the salary he received?

2. What hotel would be built in the place vacated by the Dunes?

3. How did Wynn try to protect Cappiello in spite of Capiello's murder of Joseph Conlan?

4. What did the destruction of the Dunes signify for Steve Wynn and for Las Vegas as a whole?

5. What were the Las Vegas dreams of Wynn's father, Mike?

6. How much did Wynn spend on fireworks for the Dunes destruction and what did the event eventually buy for him?

7. Who were some of the big name players in 1950s Las Vegas and why did Mike Wynn eventually give up his dream of doing business there?

8. How was Wynn able to purchase the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas when E. Parry Thomas was unable to do so?

9. What do Las Vegas newspaper readers perennially vote Steve Wynn as?

10. What did a spectator at the Dunes' destruction compare it to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the book. Why would people in high positions like Wynn have a lonely life even though it may have seemed exciting and glamorous to other people? Why would Elaine Wynn have had an especially lonely life being the wife of Steve Wynn? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

Who was Michael Milken? What was his relationship with Steve Wynn? What personality traits did they share? How were they different? What were they able to accomplish as a team?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting and time period for Wynn's development and expansion into Las Vegas. What was America like during this time period? What was Las Vegas like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Wynn and those around him?

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