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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. Barbara notes that her sister constantly complained about the hopelessness of being a ____________.
(a) Minimum wage worker
(b) Waitress
(c) Woman
(d) Wage slave

2. Barbara will take the ____________ paying minimum wage job she can find when she's off on assignment.
(a) Highest
(b) Lowest
(c) Longest
(d) Consistently

3. Barbara begins to realize that minimum wage workers are no less ____________ or intelligent than she is.
(a) Bored
(b) Capable
(c) Exhausted
(d) Eager

4. Barbara is also not willing to make up a _____________ in order to pad her resume as she is going off to find jobs.
(a) False life
(b) Number of children
(c) Work life
(d) Husband

5. Having spend her life with ____________ struggling people, the author is not happy about getting the assignment.
(a) Non-
(b) Middle class
(c) Upper class
(d) Lower class

Short Answer Questions

1. One manager threatens to take the _______________ privilege from the employees even though this is their only hideout to smoke or eat.

2. The businesses place ads in the paper so they can always have a pool of __________ from which to hire at any time.

3. Barbara notes that she made a rule that she had to work hard at her jobs to keep them, not go off on ________ rants or sneak off to read novels in the ladies' room.

4. What are they listening to at full volume as they are cleaning each of the hotel rooms?

5. When a manager sees Barbara having a little __________ during her shift, she is scolded, but instead of fighting it, she walks out.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author decide to go to Maine for her next working assignment?

3. Describe what 'time theft' is according to Wal-Mart and its slick produced videos that the author watches during orientation.

4. What does Menards offers to Barbara eventually when they call up to hire her?

5. What does the interviewer at a grocery store warn Barbara about when she puts in her application?

6. What does the long employment test at a Wal-Mart job fair seem to be trying to do?

7. What are the titles that Wal-Mart wants its employees to think of themselves as?

8. What does the unattractive young cook at the elder care facility reveal to Barbara as they are out on a smoke break?

9. How does the government measure the rate of poverty in the country, according to the author?

10. What does Barbara decide about the entire hiring process after noticing she didn't even ask about salary at Menards?

(see the answer keys)

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