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. How long do Carlie and Barbara work before they take a break from their housekeeping work?

2. What is Barbara's PhD in, according to her own admittance?

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

4. Barbara promises to spend a _________ in each location in order to get a sense of the area.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is surprising to Barbara about the many places to which she has applied for a job?

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

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

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

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

9. Why doesn't Barbara think the physical exertion of her new job should be bothering her so much?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

In many of the jobs the author took, she was working for larger companies with nationwide stores and franchises.

Part 1: How do the larger companies differ from the smaller companies Barbara works for in the book?

Part 2: How might smaller companies treat their employees versus larger companies?

Part 3: Why do you think larger companies handle their employees as though they were really important, but then treat them like they are not?

Essay Topic 3

When Barbara goes back and tells her coworkers what she was doing and who she is, the coworkers don't seem to have a reaction.

Part 1: Why do you think Barbara's coworkers didn't really notice Barbara as anyone different or special?

Part 2: Why do you think Barbara expected to be seen as different in some way?

Part 3: Were you surprised that the other coworkers didn't have a bigger reaction? Why or why not?

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