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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. The author most dislikes the visible __________ at the restaurant where she works since they complain and never leave good tips.
2. As Barbara downs coffee who does she notice is looking haggard when she shows up for her next job?
3. Barbara is concerned that her biggest challenge will be to hide her _____________, even though this does not turn out to be an issue.
4. Barbara is surprised that she feels a strong urge to ________ the patrons who she meets.
5. What is Barbara punished with when she points out that a manager is calling one of his employees by the incorrect name?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why doesn't Barbara think the physical exertion of her new job should be bothering her so much?
2. What is Barbara's fear about working in the area where she currently lives, Key West?
3. How long a period of time will the author spend in each location?
4. What does Barbara find out about Gail and what she has to do when her boyfriend suddenly dies?
5. Describe the first apartment that Barbara finds when she is out looking for her first new 'home' for the assignment.
6. What does Barbara think, at the start of the experiment, will be the biggest challenge during this assignment?
7. What will Barbara drive when she is a part of this experiment in working for minimum wage?
8. When Stu says that drugs have been found at the restaurant, what do the employees speculate about this action?
9. What does the interviewer at a grocery store warn Barbara about when she puts in her application?
10. What happens if Barbara thinks she will have to go homeless, even for one night during this experiment?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
The management styles described in the book are commonplace for those who have already had minimum wage jobs, it seems.
Part 1: Why do you think managers in the book feel they need to be as demanding as they are?
Part 2: Do you think the managers are consciously trying to manipulate their workers? Why or why not?
Part 3: Do you think it's possible to be a fair and balanced manager when you are managing minimum wage workers? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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