The Predators' Ball Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. When did Drexel begin dealing based on insider information?

2. Who at Drexel became a problem because of a lawsuit by Beverly Hills Savings and Loan?

3. What was the result when many Drexel employees were not allowed into Milken's investment groups?

4. What was beginning to happen during this time?

5. What became the craze on Wall Street in 1986?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role did LTV play in identifying a weakness in the junk market?

2. What were some of the detractors of LTOs saying about the practice in the 1980s?

3. Why were other investment firms not as successful as Drexel?

4. What was Ronald Perelman's purpose for acquiring Pantry Pride?

5. Tell something of the anticipation associated with SEC and FBI investigations into Drexel and Milken.

6. How did Peer Wedvick satisfy his need for an institution with a high investment-grade rating?

7. What were the results of the ongoing investigations of Drexel and Milken?

8. How did Milken disagree with the idea that liquidity was scarce?

9. Describe the attempts to prevent Perelman's acquisition of Revlon.

10. How and why did Milken avoid personal publicity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on racial and religious discrimination. Using Milken's problems in his early years because he was Jewish, express your opinion about how discrimination overlooks individual value by blanket bias against whole groups of people.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on junk bonds. Explain "fallen angels" and other types of bonds that Milken saw the potential in. Describe how they are used and why they are classified as "high-yield."

Essay Topic 3

Nelson Peltz had a strong desire to be in the Hollywood scene. Starting with him as an example, write a paper on various reasons people want to amass a fortune. Include in your paper what you would do if you suddenly became very wealthy.

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