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. Barbara is concerned that her biggest challenge will be to hide her _____________, even though this does not turn out to be an issue.

2. What does Ehrenreich discover about her uniform when she is heading over to her second job?

3. The other restaurant that Barbara works at during her time in Florida is called ___________, a chain with huge food and calorie packed dishes.

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

5. Barbara admits she has two things going for her as a minimum wage worker - she is ________ and she is a native English speaker.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the one thing that Barbara says she will not mention as she is applying and working during this experiment?

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

5. Why doesn't Barbara think the physical exertion of her new job should be bothering her so much?

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

7. How much does Barbara think she will have to make in order to pay her rent and for food during her stay in Florida?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the biggest beliefs the author holds about the way a person can better themselves in the world is that education can allow a person to do anything and to be something more.

Part 1: How does the author's educational level help her in the process of this project?

Part 2: Why do you think the other workers around the author don't realize she is more educated than them?

Part 3: Why do you think the author expected the others she worked with to notice her educational level? What does this say about the author?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The costs of housing seem to be higher than one might expect, even for the year in which the author attempted this study.

Part 1: Why do you think housing costs are so high for such horrible apartments?

Part 2: Why do you think society and the government doesn't seem to recognize how exorbitant the housing prices are?

Part 3: Do you think housing prices can ever be completely fair? Why or why not?

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