Joint-Stock Company: Definition, History & Examples


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How do joint-stock companies limit both the risk and cost of long-distance trade?

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1. What was one of the most valuable trade goods in the world in the 1600s and the main focus of the Dutch East India Company trade?

2. What region of the globe did the English East India Company takeover and add to the British Empire in the 1700s?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet quickly gauge your understanding joint-stock companies and characteristics they possess. Topics you will need to know in order to pass the quiz include how these companies trade and sell shares and the history of these companies.

Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet can help you gauge your knowledge of:

  • A historic period for joint-stock companies
  • Valuable trade goods in the 1600s
  • How joint-stock companies limit risk

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet can help you practice these skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the history of joint-stock companies
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about characteristics of a joint-stock company
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related joint-stock company lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about joint-stock companies, review the lesson on Joint-Stock Company: Definition, History & Examples. This lesson will help you:

  • Review how joint-stock companies were created
  • Examine the different risks joint-stock companies had to manage
  • Learn about the famous joint-stock companies in history