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. Having spend her life with ____________ struggling people, the author is not happy about getting the assignment.

2. Barbara notes that her sister constantly complained about the hopelessness of being a ____________.

3. Barbara makes the common that the ____________ is too low and that someone used to more should try to live with it.

4. Since Barbara is far from any grocery store, she needs to live on __________ when she eats.

5. What is the name Barbara uses for the family restaurant where she chooses to work first in Florida?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do people end up living with others or in conditions they don't want to live in, according to Barbara?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 3

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?

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