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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How much ownership was Howie Hubler over his own company in the deal in Chapter 9?
(a) 60%.
(b) 75%.
(c) 50%.
(d) 65%.

2. What was the profession of Michael Lewis' mother?
(a) Teacher.
(b) Lawyer.
(c) Community activist.
(d) Doctor.

3. What was the profession of Michael Lewis' father?
(a) Doctor.
(b) Plumber.
(c) Electrician.
(d) Corporate lawyer.

4. When was the Morgan Stanley corporation founded?
(a) 1947.
(b) 1950.
(c) 1935.
(d) 1942.

5. Who was CEO of Morgan Stanley at the time Hubler was selling CDOs in Chapter 9?
(a) James Smith.
(b) Bernie Madoff.
(c) John Mack.
(d) James Wilson.

6. Who is the 29th chairperson of the SEC?
(a) Mary Schapiro.
(b) William H. Donaldson.
(c) Christopher Cox.
(d) Gerald Robinson.

7. Howie Hubler was a bond trader for what company in Chapter 9?
(a) Bear Sterns.
(b) Morgan Stanley.
(c) Wachovia.
(d) Merrill Lynch.

8. Who asked Howie Hubler for money owed Deutsche Bank on the CDOs purchased from Hubler in Chapter 9?
(a) James Wilson.
(b) Bernie Madoff.
(c) John Mack.
(d) Greg Lippmann.

9. What did "NASDAQ" originally stand for?
(a) National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations.
(b) National Assets of Securities Dealers Automated Queries.
(c) National Association of Specialized Dealers in Automotive Quotations.
(d) Numbering Association of Stock Dealers Automated Quotations.

10. In Chapter 10, one of whose partners had a panic attack as he tried to keep his eye on the investments his fund had made in shorting the Wall Street banks?
(a) Steve Eisman's.
(b) Michael Lewis'.
(c) Andrew Warner's.
(d) James Jackson's.

11. What is the title of Chapter 7?
(a) The Gold Rush.
(b) Gathering Eggs.
(c) Money Wonders.
(d) The Great Treasure Hunt.

12. When did John Gutfreund become managing partner of Salomon Brothers?
(a) 1987.
(b) 1989.
(c) 1978.
(d) 1983.

13. Where did Meredith Whitney work when she predicted the need for Citigroup to slash their dividends or crash in 2007?
(a) Merrill Lynch.
(b) Oppenheimer and Co.
(c) Bear Sterns.
(d) Wachovia.

14. What is the title of Chapter 6?
(a) Wall Street Bigshot.
(b) How to Harvest a Migrant Worker.
(c) Spider-Man at The Venetian.
(d) Accidental Capitalists.

15. How much did Cornwall Capital Management make from selling its CDOs in Chapter 9?
(a) Over $120 million.
(b) Over $240 million.
(c) Over $80 million.
(d) Over $450 million.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what date does the author write the face of Wall Street changed in Chapter 10?

2. The mortgage boom and bust which is central in The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine took place between what years?

3. In Chapter 7, Eisman not only bought the CDOs offered by Lippmann, but he also began to short who?

4. In Chapter 7, Steve Eisman learned that the rating companies were working with the same information as who?

5. What does the SEC refer to?

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