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

2. Some of the coworkers have to pay $60 a night for a hotel room because they can not save up the ___________ for a first and last month rent payment.

3. Who is the tiny busy woman who teaches Barbara the rules of the next job she takes on at the hotel adjacent to the restaurant?

4. Barbara notes that she made a rule that she had to work hard at her jobs to keep them, not go off on ________ rants or sneak off to read novels in the ladies' room.

5. As Barbara downs coffee who does she notice is looking haggard when she shows up for her next job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What would have made it impossible for Barbara to stay in the Blue Haven Motel, even though she seemed to be doing well there?

2. What is one of the serious challenges that Barbara has discovered about working in a low wage job?

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

4. What does Barbara feel she is compelled to do with the patrons at Hearthside, where she works as a waitress?

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

6. What does Barbara think, at the start of the experiment, will be the biggest challenge during this assignment?

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

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

9. Why does Barbara want to take on the assignment she actually suggested be done?

10. Why does the author think so many managers are needed to manage the low wage workers?

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

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

Barbara seems to be a good person, someone who looks out for others and even stands up for them when they are being taken advantage of.

Part 1: Do you think Barbara is a good person? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think Barbara would have stood up for Holly, for example, if she had actually had to rely on her job for money?

Part 3: How do you think Barbara's assignments affected the way she interacted with the other workers? Or didn't it?

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