Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting by in America Test | Lesson Plans 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. Barbara notes that her sister constantly complained about the hopelessness of being a ____________.

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

3. Barbara begins to realize that minimum wage workers are no less ____________ or intelligent than she is.

4. Barbara is also not willing to make up a _____________ in order to pad her resume as she is going off to find jobs.

5. Having spend her life with ____________ struggling people, the author is not happy about getting the assignment.

Short Essay Questions

1. If things get too rough during this experiment, what does Barbara say she will do in order to feel herself or to support herself?

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

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

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

5. What does the interviewer at a grocery store warn Barbara about when she puts in her application?

6. What does the long employment test at a Wal-Mart job fair seem to be trying to do?

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

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

9. How does the government measure the rate of poverty in the country, according to the author?

10. What does Barbara decide about the entire hiring process after noticing she didn't even ask about salary at Menards?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Barbara begins to recognize that her thinking is shifting when she becomes upset over the littlest things.

Part 1: Why do you think Barbara is beginning to get upset over the littlest things are her jobs?

Part 2: In what ways do some of the places of employment try to make the employees feel responsible for their work?

Part 3: Do you think it's healthy for an employee to become stressed out about the work they have done? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

While at times it seems that coworkers band together to help each other out, at other times, they treat each other as though they were unaware of the other's existence.

Part 1: Why do you think coworkers band together at some points of a minimum wage job?

Part 2: Why do you think coworkers can also turn their backs on their coworkers so easily?

Part 3: Do you think the management tries to influence the bonds between coworkers? If so, why? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

The author herself is white and someone who is certainly in the middle class, even if she's not working as though she was.

Part 1: In what ways might her 'white-ness' have affected the way her experience turned out?

Part 2: In what ways might her experience have been different had she been a man?

Part 3: In what ways might her experience have been different had she been of a different class or race?

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