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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Jack learn from GE veterans about the company's routine employee appraisals?
(a) They have had the same typographical error for years.
(b) They are used for firing people, never for promoting them.
(c) They are valuable tools in assessing job performance.
(d) They are no more than routinely written forms of false kindness.

2. What kind of environment does Jack say is best for making necessary changes and modernizing the company?
(a) Formal.
(b) A dictatorship.
(c) Informal.
(d) A business-type monarchy.

3. Whose business management concepts does Jack use to support his ideas of good and bad business?
(a) Roy Johnson.
(b) Reg Jones.
(c) Peter Drucker.
(d) Bill Druckerman.

4. How long does it take Jack and his team to find a solution to their new plastics product?
(a) Six months.
(b) Six days.
(c) Sixteen months.
(d) Six long years.

5. What is Jack's vision for GE?
(a) Spontaneity and creativity.
(b) Success without failure.
(c) Money and more money.
(d) More medical plastics to save lives.

6. Who submits his resignation immediately after the announcement that Jack has been named CEO?
(a) Paolo Fresco.
(b) Roy Johnson.
(c) Bill Druckerman.
(d) Reg Jones.

7. What is the evaluation system that works well for several years, until employees find a way to "game" it?
(a) The 6-degrees of separation.
(b) The 360-degree evaluation.
(c) The 90-degree evaluation.
(d) The 180-degree evaluation.

8. What is the one complaint that frustrates the employees who train at GE's learning center?
(a) Everything that works in training is not how it works out in the actual workplace.
(b) Everyone cannot attend the training.
(c) The breakfasts are always the same.
(d) It's too expensive to attend the training.

9. Which American president called for volunteers to fill in where government's role had been reduced?
(a) Harry Trumann.
(b) George W. Bush.
(c) Ronald Regan.
(d) John Kennedy.

10. What setback keeps Jack from attending one of the two colleges of his choice?
(a) Rejection for an ROTC scholarship.
(b) His mother's health.
(c) Losing his ROTC scholarship to a friend.
(d) His mother begs him not to move far away.

11. Which organization started out as a group of elitists but opened its membership and transformed into a group of volunteers?
(a) Boy Scouts of America.
(b) United Way.
(c) Unicef.
(d) Elfun.

12. In addition to being self-confident, what else does Jack believe is a large part of leadership?
(a) Being able to relax.
(b) Winning at least 90 percent of the time.
(c) Knowing how to get others to do what you want.
(d) Building self-confidence in others.

13. What does Jack give GE managers for empowerment?
(a) Delegated authority.
(b) Less work.
(c) More responsibilities.
(d) A worry stone.

14. What does Jack say he learned the hard way about hiring employees with academic pedigrees?
(a) Employees without degrees will never work out for long periods of time.
(b) It doesn't matter where they're from, it's what they look like that matters.
(c) Where they come from is not indicative of how they will perform.
(d) Hires from an ivy-league school always perform better.

15. How does Jack illustrate his "No. 1 or No. 2, Fix, Sell or Close" strategy?
(a) With overlapping circles.
(b) With a time line.
(c) With an inverted pyramid
(d) With a pyramid, top as the peak.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many years does Jack serve as CEO of General Electric?

2. Who greatly influences Jack's work ethic and fondness of current events?

3. How old is Jack when he is promoted to a vice president for GE?

4. What does Jack say is the only realistic form of job security?

5. Jack says it is important for managers to know when...

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