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

2. Barbara will keep driving a beat up ____________ car, though she knows many minimum wage workers can not.

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Once Barbara begins to let go of her elitist attitude, what does she realize about the workers around her?

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

4. What happens if Barbara thinks she will have to go homeless, even for one night during this experiment?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

It seems that most of the places where Barbara worked didn't want to give employees any time off or any breaks.

Part 1: Why do you think the places of employment were unwilling to give breaks to the workers?

Part 2: What do you think may have happened to morale and productivity if the employees had been allowed to take breaks?

Part 3: Why do you think breaks are necessary within the course of a working shift?

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