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. One manager threatens to take the _______________ privilege from the employees even though this is their only hideout to smoke or eat.

2. Barbara says that she will not rely on her superior ______________ to support herself.

3. What is the name Barbara uses for the family restaurant where she chooses to work first in Florida?

4. When Barbara is paired up with Carlie on her first shift, Carlie is angry they have 19 _________ to swab down in just one shift.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What statement does the author make which leads to her getting the assignment to write this book?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The working conditions in which you work might change you, according to Barbara.

Part 1: Why might the working conditions in which you are placed change the person you are?

Part 2: How do companies attempt to reshape and to mold the employees they have hired?

Part 3: What do you think happens when some people refuse to change for the job in which they have been hired? Why?

Essay Topic 2

While it might be no surprise that Wal-Mart doesn't want to have labor unions in their store, it's more surprising that workers aren't more motivated to get involved

Part 1: Why do you think Wal-Mart doesn't want to have labor unions and organizations in their stores?

Part 2: Why do you think employees at Wal-Mart are scared to begin talks for labor union support in their stores?

Part 3: Is the risk of losing one's job worth it in order to get a labor organization in a store? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

When Barbara goes back and tells her coworkers what she was doing and who she is, the coworkers don't seem to have a reaction.

Part 1: Why do you think Barbara's coworkers didn't really notice Barbara as anyone different or special?

Part 2: Why do you think Barbara expected to be seen as different in some way?

Part 3: Were you surprised that the other coworkers didn't have a bigger reaction? Why or why not?

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