Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting by in America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Later it is rumored that Stu was guilty of stealing money to support his __________ habit.

2. Who is Barbara Ehrenreich's editor, the one who assigns her the story that became this book?

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

4. Since Barbara is far from any grocery store, she needs to live on __________ when she eats.

5. At the ____________, the interviewer Barbara meets warns her about labor organizers, to avoid them.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What will Barbara drive when she is a part of this experiment in working for minimum wage?

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

4. What do the managers do to Barbara when she is an employee at Hearthside, she realizes as she continues to work there?

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

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

8. What happens if Barbara thinks she will have to go homeless, even for one night during this experiment?

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

10. What does Barbara find out about Gail and what she has to do when her boyfriend suddenly dies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It seems that the odds are against those who are in minimum wage jobs. From the costs of housing to the way these workers are often not paid well, it seems the cycle of poverty may never end.

Part 1: Why do you think minimum wage workers can not get ahead in their lives?

Part 2: Do you think outside influences are the main reasons why people can not lift themselves from poverty? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think society willfully creates conditions in which minimum wage workers can not succeed? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

It seems that most of the places where Barbara worked didn't want to give employees any time off or any breaks.

Part 1: Why do you think the places of employment were unwilling to give breaks to the workers?

Part 2: What do you think may have happened to morale and productivity if the employees had been allowed to take breaks?

Part 3: Why do you think breaks are necessary within the course of a working shift?

Essay Topic 3

The argument of responsibility is one that takes on a subtle tone in this manuscript. The author too seems to believe that if a person takes responsibility for themselves, they can do more and be more.

Part 1: Do you believe people stay in poverty because they lack an attitude of responsibility? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think people in poverty situations are aware of their situations? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think some people in poverty don't take more responsibility for their situation or for their future?

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