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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. What costs $10 to use when she is staying at the Clearview Inn before her apartment will be ready?
(a) Phone
(b) Laundry
(c) Bathroom
(d) Shower

2. The thing Barbara hates to clean most of all is _________ in the bathrooms of their customers.
(a) Tubs
(b) Urine
(c) Feces
(d) Sinks

3. What is the one thing Barbara will be able to avoid a bit more from her new apartment's location?
(a) Noise
(b) Freeways
(c) Dog park
(d) Water

4. What is interesting about the test Barbara takes when she applies at Wal-Mart again?
(a) She gets answers 'wrong'
(b) She fails the test and gets thrown out
(c) It's not the same as the last one she took
(d) There is no record of her last test

5. Why is it strange that the author decides to go to a religious revival meeting on her night off?
(a) She has no money
(b) She doesn't like to go out
(c) She told herself she wouldn't
(d) She's an atheist

Short Answer Questions

1. Marge and Holly talk about how low wage ____________ even look down on maids when they are out.

2. Where does Barbara rent a room until she is able to find housing that will work for her?

3. Barbara doesn't even apply for ___________ since she knows she doesn't have the clothing for this type of work.

4. Barbara notes that Wal-Mart is a __________ system and when one is working there, one forgets there is an outside world.

5. What city in Minnesota does Barbara choose in order to find a new job in her assignment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the story of Caroline, the women Barbara uses as a guide to her own difficult situation in Minneapolis?

5. What comes in the emergency food package that Barbara eventually gets from the Community Emergency Assistance Program?

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

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

8. Why so the Maids think that the job they are offering is easy for someone to learn and to do?

9. What does the author do on a night when she has nothing to do and no money to spend on entertainment?

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

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