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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. Why does Helen want four children by the time she is thirty?

2. Do Sam's kids feel as though Sam was not around during their childhood?

3. Although Sam is a small man at only 130 pounds, he works very hard and gets his letter in the sport of ___________.

4. Don is a good example of another one of Sam's top talents. What is this talent?

5. What is the first thing Sam does?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Sam's appreciation for the dollar further ingrained?

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

3. What is taking place in the world of discount stores in 1962?

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

5. How does Sam have the personality of a promoter?

6. How did Sam help his family financially? What does he believe about the role of children in the family?

7. What is known about Sam Walton's childhood? What did he learn during this time about one's ability to make money?

8. How does the store in Bentonville benefit Sam?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sam gives back to the community.

Part 1) How does he give back? Why does he give back? How does he benefit from this?

Part 2) Why is education a big concern for Sam and Helen? How do they support educational programs? How does this help both Wal-Mart and the community?

Part 3) What are concerns regarding your community, the country, and the world as a whole that you have? Why? What can you do to help?

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

Sam credits the success of the business to the relationship between managers and their associates.

Part 1) Describe how Sam creates this type of relationship. How did this relationship evolve and develop over time? How was it improved over time?

Part 2) How does this relationship benefit business? How does it reflect the relationship between the business and the customer?

Part 3) How has the public been involved in Wal-Mart's growth? How does this benefit all involved? Why are unions not required, according to Sam? Do you agree? Why or why not?

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