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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 admits that at the end of the project, she did break down and ____________, stealthily, though, and never within hearing of management.

2. Barbara wondered why there wasn't more indignation about her ruse, realizing that it was probably because people's notion of __________ is different than she thinks it should be.

3. Barbara ruled out areas like LA and New York as the working class consists mainly of people of _______ and she might look out of place.

4. Many of the businesses in town seem to place ads in the paper ____________ so as to always have applicants.

5. Barbara certainly does not want to do hard ________ labor when she is working at her new jobs.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do companies try to do emotionally to their workers, in order to keep them in line and in their positions?

2. What is the problem that low wage workers face when it comes to being better than others?

3. When Barbara goes back to Wal-Mart in order to fill out a new test, what happens when she gets a few wrong?

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

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

6. What does the author admit to doing which is making her a little nervous about the drug test she needs to take?

7. Why so the Maids think that the job they are offering is easy for someone to learn and to do?

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. What kind of job does Barbara say that she will take, money-wise, at least at the start of the experiment?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

It could be said that the author's own personal experiences are influencing the way she sees the situations around her.

Part 1: How does one's past affect the way they see the future, do you think?

Part 2: In what ways are the author's descriptions and experiences influenced by her education and her past experiences?

Part 3: Do you think the author could ever be completely objective? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The minimum wage workers are kept down and continue to be kept down in modern times. With this idea in mind, it seems that maybe there is a reason for the poverty level to exist.

Part 1: Why might there be a need for poverty level workers in the world?

Part 2: What might happen if the poverty level workers were not around to fill the positions they are in?

Part 3: Do you think it's realistic to have a goal of removing poverty and minimum wage workers completely? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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