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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. He decides to run for the student body president and wins by doing one important move. What is that move?

2. Does Sam worry about fluctuating stock prices?

3. On what does Sam concentrate?

4. Sam is not interested in retail because __________________.

5. How do the children have just as high a stake in the family business as their parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Wal-Mart and Sam by 1974.

2. When Sam decides to become less involved with the business, what two camps remain?

3. What is the "whistle while you work" mentality? How does this benefit the employee and the company?

4. What happens to the company when Sam retires?

5. Describe Don Whitaker.

6. Describe the Saturday meetings.

7. How does the store in Bentonville benefit Sam?

8. Describe the annual stockholder meetings.

9. What does Sam think about competition?

10. What does Sam admit to thinking about throughout most of his life? Who uses Sam's ideas to benefit Wal-Mart? How does this person do this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sam opens Walton's Five and Dime, which become a success.

Part 1) What leads up to Sam opening Walton's Five and Dime? How does he prepare to open his own store?

Part 2) Why is it so successful? What does this success foreshadow?

Part 3) What does Sam learn from opening and running this first store? How does he use this knowledge later?

Essay Topic 2

As a young man, Sam knows two things. He wants to marry Helen and he wants to have a career in retail.

Part 1) How does he come to know this? What does this reveal about him? How does this foreshadow his future?

Part 2) How does he make this happen? How is he so sure this is what he wants?

Part 3) What do you know you want? How do you know you want this? How do you plan to get this?

Essay Topic 3

This book is written to clear up misconceptions about Sam Walton, his family, and his business.

Part 1) What misunderstandings does Sam discuss in this book? How have these misunderstandings occurred? Why does Same feel it is important to clear up these misunderstandings?

Part 2) What does this desire to clear his name reveal about Sam Walton? What ideas did you have regarding Sam Walton and his business prior to reading this book? How did you come about these beliefs?

Part 3) Has Sam been able to alter your opinion of him? Why or why not? What have you learned from reading this book?

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