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

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

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

4. Who is Barbara Ehrenreich's editor, the one who assigns her the story that became this book?
(a) Joseph Truman
(b) Louis Lanston
(c) Lewis Lapham
(d) Stu Manshet

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Barbara's father had been a _____________; her uncles and grandfathers worked in the mines or for the Union Pacific.

2. What area of the restaurant is locked up when it is assumed that the dishwasher is stealing from the restaurant?

3. Barbara will take the ____________ paying minimum wage job she can find when she's off on assignment.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Barbara goes back to Wal-Mart in order to fill out a new test, what happens when she gets a few wrong?

4. How much does Barbara think she will have to make in order to pay her rent and for food during her stay in Florida?

5. What is the one upside of the Twin Lakes apartment that compels Barbara to sign up for a lease there?

6. What is the message Reagan seems to have sent when he was in office and told corporations to layoff workers, weaken unions, and downsize?

7. What is the rate of pay that the Merry Maids claims to offer to those who work for them?

8. What does the author think is odd about a shortage of low wage workers? What should be happening with this shortage?

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

10. What is the problem that low wage workers face when it comes to being better than others?

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