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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 certainly does not want to do hard ________ labor when she is working at her new jobs.
(a) Slave
(b) Outside
(c) Mental
(d) Physical

2. Who is the tiny busy woman who teaches Barbara the rules of the next job she takes on at the hotel adjacent to the restaurant?
(a) Betty
(b) Holly
(c) Jenny
(d) Millie

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

4. What would Barbara use in order to document her daily experiences after her shifts were done for the day?
(a) Napkins
(b) Journal
(c) The wall
(d) Laptop

5. One manager threatens to take the _______________ privilege from the employees even though this is their only hideout to smoke or eat.
(a) Outside
(b) Break room
(c) Bar
(d) Office

Short Answer Questions

1. For what magazine does the author of "Nickel and Dimed" work when she is beginning her assignment?

2. The author also doesn't want to live in an _____________ building when she is off on her assignment.

3. Some of the coworkers have to pay $60 a night for a hotel room because they can not save up the ___________ for a first and last month rent payment.

4. What does Barbara not want to mention when she is out in her new working life?

5. When Barbara is paired up with Carlie on her first shift, Carlie is angry they have 19 _________ to swab down in just one shift.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of job does Barbara say that she will take, money-wise, at least at the start of the experiment?

3. Describe the first apartment that Barbara finds when she is out looking for her first new 'home' for the assignment.

4. When Stu says that drugs have been found at the restaurant, what do the employees speculate about this action?

5. What are some of the other reasons why Barbara doesn't really want to take on the assignment of working for minimum wage?

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

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

8. What does the bad tempered cook like to do sometimes back in the kitchen, according to Barbara?

9. Why does Barbara want to take on the assignment she actually suggested be done?

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

(see the answer keys)

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