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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. Sam attends the University of Missouri since he is already well-known in Columbia and joins what fraternity?

2. Has Wal-Mart always treated its employees as well as it should have?

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

4. What is significant about Sam's bet regarding being an Eagle Scout?

5. Sam has the personality of _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the store in Bentonville benefit Sam?

2. Give an example of what Sam would do on family vacations.

3. Describe Sam's family.

4. How did Sam treat his employees in the beginning? Why? What has he realized from this?

5. How does the placing of Wal-Marts in specific types of locations benefit the company in regard to advertising?

6. How does Sam feel about debts and loans?

7. How do Sam and Helen feel about leaving Newport? What are their plans now?

8. To what does Sam credit the success of the business?

9. How does this book begin? What information does it give about Sam Walton and the purpose of this book?

10. What is the one mistake for which Helen cannot forgive Sam? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The secret of success is to put the customer first.

Part 1) Why is this the secret of success? Would you agree? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does Sam go about doing this? Do you believe he is successful at putting the customer first? Why or why not? How is this attitude of putting others first reflected throughout the entire Wal-Mart corporation?

Part 3) How do you put others first in your own life? How does this benefit both you and them?

Essay Topic 2

Competition is important to Sam.

Part 1) How does Sam show that competition is important? Why is it important to Sam? Do you agree with him? Why or why not? Would he feel this way about competition if it started to hurt his company? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does Sam argue that competition and evolution are good? Do you agree with his argument? Why or why not?

Part 3) How is competition found in you own life? How have you benefited from competition?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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