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Shmoop Questions: 

1. Wheat and barley can be traced back to early farming in Syria 9,000 years ago. There's also evidence that _____ were cultivated even earlier.

Middle School History: Ancient Civilizations—Semester A

A) apples
B) figs
C) cherries
D) oranges

 


 

2. What is a major difference between communism and socialism? Animal Farm

A) Marx was a socialist, Engels was a communist.
B) There are no differences.
C) Socialists can elect government officers and own private property; communists cannot.
D) Socialists tend to be more peaceful than communists. 

 


 

3. Which of the following is a physical effect of stress? 8th Grade Health

A) Not being able to concentrate
B) Having anxiety about the future 
C) Weakened immune system
D) Withdrawing and wanting to constantly be alone

 


 

4. Bonus Finance Question — Series 7 Exam Prep (stockbrokers take this test to get a license to trade)

What is Zero Uptick?

 

 

Shmoop Answers: 

 

1 . Wheat and barley can be traced back to early farming in Syria 9,000 years ago. There's also evidence that _____ were cultivated even earlier.

Middle School History: Ancient Civilizations—Semester A

A) apples
B) figs
C) cherries
D) oranges

Answer: B) figs
Exactly! Evidence suggests that figs were some of the earliest crops cultivated in the Middle East, and they've gone on to have a major cultural impact, even showing up in Shakespeare's time (Source).

 


 

2. What is a major difference between communism and socialism? Animal Farm

A) Marx was a socialist, Engels was a communist.
B) There are no differences.
C) Socialists can elect government officers and own private property; communists cannot.
D) Socialists tend to be more peaceful than communists. 

Answer: C) Socialists can elect government officers and own private property; communists cannot.

Basically, socialism is communism where people have more say in where they live and what careers they choose, but the government still controls many means of production. 


 

3. Which of the following is a physical effect of stress? 8th Grade Health

A) Not being able to concentrate
B) Having anxiety about the future 
C) Weakened immune system
D) Withdrawing and wanting to constantly be alone

Answer: C) Weakened immune system 
Being stressed makes it more likely for you to get sick. And when you get sick, you miss school. And when you miss school, you get behind on all your deadlines. And when you get behind on all your deadlines you get stressed. And—it's a vicious circle.

 


 

4. Bonus Finance Question — Series 7 Exam Prep (stockbrokers take this test to get a license to trade)

What is Zero Uptick?

Zero uptick, a.k.a. zero plus tick, is a mixture of hope and sorrow concerning how much a security sold for over time. Bad news first: zero uptick means that the time the security was recently traded is the same as last time it was traded. Meaning that, if a security sold at $20 last, it also sold at $20 before that, ergo the “zero.”

The good news? “Uptick” means that the time before the second-to-last time, it was sold for less. For instance, maybe a security was sold for $18, then $20, and now $20 again. See the uptick?

Let’s make sure we got this. That last $20 is considered a zero plus tick because 1) the time before the most recent trade it was sold at the same price (also $20), and 2) the time before that time, it was sold for even less ($18). This goes for stocks, bonds, commodities, and other tradable securities.

Can you guess the reverse? It’s zero minus tick, or downtick, meaning it went down in price, but the most recent trade is the same price as the one before.

Time’s a-ticking for insecure securities. The whole reason zero upticks are a thing is because the SEC said “you can only short sell on an uptick, not on a downtick.” This is because a zero uptick theoretically implies that the price of a stock is rising, rather than just going through a short blip-of-a-fluctuation.

Economic legend has it that manipulative investors were short selling pre-upticks (or on downticks), which made shareholders nervous enough to sell their shares at a steal of a deal, which might have helped lead to the stock market crash in 1929. Nbd. In 2007, the uptick rule was lifted, but then 2008 and happened, and a similar uptick rule as before was put in place in 2010. Because apparently we can’t handle the market without the uptick rule.

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