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 concerned that her biggest challenge will be to hide her _____________, even though this does not turn out to be an issue.

2. __________ is a city in which Barbara is afraid she might be recognized, so she looks for work in a nearby city.

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

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

5. The other staff of the hotel refuses to exchange _________ with the housekeepers or show any sort of respect.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Barbara find out about Gail and what she has to do when her boyfriend suddenly dies?

10. What statement does the author make which leads to her getting the assignment to write this book?

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 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 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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