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

2. What is Barbara punished with when she points out that a manager is calling one of his employees by the incorrect name?

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

4. Who is Barbara Ehrenreich's editor, the one who assigns her the story that became this book?

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Barbara's fear about working in the area where she currently lives, Key West?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The argument of responsibility is one that takes on a subtle tone in this manuscript. The author too seems to believe that if a person takes responsibility for themselves, they can do more and be more.

Part 1: Do you believe people stay in poverty because they lack an attitude of responsibility? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think people in poverty situations are aware of their situations? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think some people in poverty don't take more responsibility for their situation or for their future?

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