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 the drug testing is supposed to begin, the employees speculate that it is _________ who is guilty of the drug issue.

2. Some of the coworkers have to pay $60 a night for a hotel room because they can not save up the ___________ for a first and last month rent payment.

3. The manager, ________, yells at Barbara for a confused breakfast and a yuppie customer complains too.

4. For what magazine does the author of "Nickel and Dimed" work when she is beginning her assignment?

5. The author most dislikes the visible __________ at the restaurant where she works since they complain and never leave good tips.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What will Barbara not rely on in order to get a job and to support herself, as one of the rules of her experiment?

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

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

7. What do the managers do to Barbara when she is an employee at Hearthside, she realizes as she continues to work there?

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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