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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 thinks many of these failed stores would still be open if they had remembered to ___________.

2. Sam was born in ___________.

3. What kind of farm does Sam's family have?

4. Sam believes that the reason that Wal-Mart was successful is because __________.

5. What does Sam do everywhere he travels?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sam do once Walton's Five and Dime is a success?

2. How would Sam spy on Kmart?

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

4. What does Wal-Mart have in regards to profit-sharing?

5. How does Rob help Sam with his debt? What are the results of Sam's fear of being in debt? How do both he and Helen feel about these results?

6. Why is Ferold Arend hired? What does he do for Wal-Mart?

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

8. Describe, in general, this period of time for Wal-Mart.

9. How does Sam's experience in football reflect his personality traits?

10. What does Sam say is the biggest business mistake in his life? What might have led to this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sam wants to leave a legacy.

Part 1) What legacy does he seem to want to leave? How do you know this?

Part 2) Does he believe he did the right things with his life? Why or why not? Do you believe he would do anything differently if he had it to do all over again? Why or why not?

Part 3) What legacy would you like to leave? Why?

Essay Topic 2

It is important to think small.

Part 1) What is meant by this? Why is this important? How is this especially important in the case of Wal-Mart?

Part 2) How does this idea reflect and reinforce other beliefs of Sam's?

Part 3) How can thinking small be useful in your own community and your own life?

Essay Topic 3

Sam is unhappy with debt.

Part 1) How does he end up in debt? Why does debt bother him?

Part 2) How does he get out of debt? How does he feel about this? Why does he feel this way? How does Helen feel about this? Why does she feel this way?

Part 3) How is debt an issue for many Americans today? What can one do who is in debt?

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