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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 thinks she is supposed to _____________ on her shift, but no one else on her shift does.
(a) Fold clothing
(b) Keep moving
(c) Greet customers
(d) Straighten up the store

2. What does Barbara accidentally shatter in her efforts to help Holly not have to work as hard?
(a) A vase
(b) The glass sculpture
(c) A picture frame
(d) Glass fish bowl

3. Linda wants the author to think of her work at Woodcrest as __________ work, though the customers wear diapers.
(a) Waitress
(b) Spiritual
(c) Babysitting
(d) Easy

4. Barbara is horrified to see that The Maids use very little _________ when they are cleaning.
(a) Effort
(b) Water
(c) Cleanser
(d) Soap

5. When any employees does something for his or herself instead of for the store, Wal-Mart calls them a ____________.
(a) Wal-Mart enemy
(b) Bad worker
(c) Time thief
(d) Poor choice worker

Short Answer Questions

1. ___________ is a Christian with a working husband and grown children, some of who have had major problems in their life.

2. Barbara describes a feeling of hopeless __________ in her position as a maid, even when she is in public in her uniform.

3. What are employees to think of themselves as when they are working for Wal-Mart?

4. Why is it strange that the author decides to go to a religious revival meeting on her night off?

5. Who is the diabetic that sneaks donuts at the Woodcrest residential facility where the author works her second job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author admit to doing which is making her a little nervous about the drug test she needs to take?

2. What surprises Barbara about the cleaning method of The Maids, as described in the book?

3. What does Barbara do as the focus of her job at Wal-Mart, as it becomes clearer on the first shift?

4. What is the one line of work that Barbara does not even apply for since she does not have the proper clothing?

5. After Barbara takes her drug test, what does she do in terms of her job hunting?

6. What are the workers in Portland, Maine expected to do as the wages seem to be falling between $6 and $7 an hour?

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

8. What is Barbara's living arrangement when she first gets into town in Minneapolis?

9. When Barbara's skin breaks out in an odd rash, what does her boss seem to think the problem is?

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

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