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. The other staff of the hotel refuses to exchange _________ with the housekeepers or show any sort of respect.

2. Barbara's father had been a _____________; her uncles and grandfathers worked in the mines or for the Union Pacific.

3. Barbara states, "Someone ought to do the old-fashioned kind of ________ - you know, go out there and try it for themselves."

4. The management at the restaurant try to keep Barbara __________ at every moment of her shift, even when it's slow.

5. Barbara can not afford gas money because of the $30 she has to spend on a ___________ for her restaurant job.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the first apartment that Barbara finds when she is out looking for her first new 'home' for the assignment.

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

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

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

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

6. What are some of the other reasons why Barbara doesn't really want to take on the assignment of working for minimum wage?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In many of the jobs the author took, she was working for larger companies with nationwide stores and franchises.

Part 1: How do the larger companies differ from the smaller companies Barbara works for in the book?

Part 2: How might smaller companies treat their employees versus larger companies?

Part 3: Why do you think larger companies handle their employees as though they were really important, but then treat them like they are not?

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