What Are Mergers and Acquisitions? - Definition & Examples


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What is a merger?

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1. What is an acquisition?

2. Which is NOT a reason a company might merge with another?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Mergers and acquisitions are major business decisions, and this quiz and worksheet will test your knowledge of the characteristics of mergers and acquisitions. Some of the information you'll need to know on the quiz includes definitions of merger and acquisition, reasons to merge or acquire another company, and possible issues associated with combining companies.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test your knowledge of:

  • Definitions of Merger and Acquisition
  • Reasons why companies merge
  • Reasons why companies acquire other companies
  • Challenges associated with mergers and acquisitions

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related merger and acquisition lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of mergers and acquisitions in different contexts
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as merger and acquisition
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about mergers and acquisitions

Additional Learning

To learn more on the topic, review the accompanying lesson on characteristics of mergers and acquisitions. The lesson covers the following topics:

  • Define economies of scale
  • Explain what vertical integration means
  • Define synergy
  • Explain the purpose of an acquisition
  • Identify issues associated with mergers and acquisitions