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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At what publication does the editor who assigns the story to Barbara work?
(a) Ladies Home Journal
(b) Redbook
(c) Harper's
(d) Glamour

2. Barbara realizes she will need ____________ in order to pay for her apartment.
(a) To stop driving
(b) Less food
(c) Another job
(d) More tips

3. For what magazine does the author of "Nickel and Dimed" work when she is beginning her assignment?
(a) New Yorker
(b) NY Gazette
(c) New England Journal
(d) New York Times

4. How long do Carlie and Barbara work before they take a break from their housekeeping work?
(a) 8 hours
(b) 5 hours
(c) 10 hours
(d) 4 hours

5. What does Barbara not want to mention when she is out in her new working life?
(a) Her husband
(b) PhD
(c) Her daughters
(d) Her hometown

Short Answer Questions

1. Barbara is also not willing to make up a _____________ in order to pad her resume as she is going off to find jobs.

2. Barbara realizes that her use of a car is different as many minimum wage workers have to use _________ to get around.

3. What is Barbara's PhD in, according to her own admittance?

4. At the ____________, the interviewer Barbara meets warns her about labor organizers, to avoid them.

5. Barbara lets a sewer repairman spend a few minutes cooling off with a ________________ before taking his order.

Short Essay Questions

1. How long a period of time will the author spend in each location?

2. Why doesn't Barbara think the physical exertion of her new job should be bothering her so much?

3. What does Barbara feel she is compelled to do with the patrons at Hearthside, where she works as a waitress?

4. What happens if Barbara thinks she will have to go homeless, even for one night during this experiment?

5. What will Barbara drive when she is a part of this experiment in working for minimum wage?

6. What does Barbara find out about Gail and what she has to do when her boyfriend suddenly dies?

7. What statement does the author make which leads to her getting the assignment to write this book?

8. Once Barbara begins to let go of her elitist attitude, what does she realize about the workers around her?

9. If things get too rough during this experiment, what does Barbara say she will do in order to feel herself or to support herself?

10. Why do people end up living with others or in conditions they don't want to live in, according to Barbara?

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