Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting by in America Test | Lesson Plans 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 notes that her sister constantly complained about the hopelessness of being a ____________.

2. Barbara will take the ____________ paying minimum wage job she can find when she's off on assignment.

3. Barbara begins to realize that minimum wage workers are no less ____________ or intelligent than she is.

4. Barbara is also not willing to make up a _____________ in order to pad her resume as she is going off to find jobs.

5. Having spend her life with ____________ struggling people, the author is not happy about getting the assignment.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author decide to go to Maine for her next working assignment?

3. Describe what 'time theft' is according to Wal-Mart and its slick produced videos that the author watches during orientation.

4. What does Menards offers to Barbara eventually when they call up to hire her?

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

6. What does the long employment test at a Wal-Mart job fair seem to be trying to do?

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

8. What does the unattractive young cook at the elder care facility reveal to Barbara as they are out on a smoke break?

9. How does the government measure the rate of poverty in the country, according to the author?

10. What does Barbara decide about the entire hiring process after noticing she didn't even ask about salary at Menards?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The idea of poverty is one of the most complex issues this world seems to be unable and often unwilling to tackle.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of poverty? Can there be only one definition? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think poverty is so hard for governments to manage?

Part 3: Why do you think people slide into poverty and poverty-conditions?

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

The idea of a living wage is something that is hotly debated these days.

Part 1: Why do you think a living wage is necessary?

Part 2: What do you think a good living wage would be for your current location today? Why did you choose this number?

Part 3: If prices keep rising, but the living wage does not, how can a minimum wage worker ever get ahead? What might you suggest as a plan to keep people from living off of fast food and avoiding healthcare?

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