When Genius Failed Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the mid-1990's, what was the ratio of leverage on Wall Street?

2. What typically happens to stock prices when a merger is revealed?

3. In its first bad year, what did Long-Term maintain?

4. In 1998, what market did Long-Term bet would decline?

5. During the turmoil of 1998, investors avoided Long-Term because they were trying to avoid what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There were many warning signs that the profits delivered by Long-Term couldn't last. Yet, many companies did everything possible to keep some investments going at higher and higher levels when they should have slowed. Using greed as a theme, analyze this situation.

Essay Topic 2

Write a brief essay supporting or refuting the following statement, citing examples from the text: The irresponsible management of Long-Term by the partners led to its downfall.

Essay Topic 3

When Meriwether set up Long-Term, he had to take many steps to create the company. Write an essay examining the process Meriwether went through to create Long-Term.

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