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

2. The other restaurant that Barbara works at during her time in Florida is called ___________, a chain with huge food and calorie packed dishes.

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

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

5. What is the name of the young Czech dishwasher who Barbara befriends when she is working at the restaurant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

Discrimination seems to be a part of everyday society, it seems, at least from the perspective of the author.

Part 1: In what ways does discrimination affect the author's experience in this experiment?

Part 2: Why do you think the author focuses so much on race and on blending in when she is picking her jobs?

Part 3: In what ways are others around the author discriminated against? Or are they?

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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