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 surprised that she feels a strong urge to ________ the patrons who she meets.

2. When Barbara walks out of the restaurant, she feels _______ instead of feeling enraged, as she expects to.

3. Barbara certainly does not want to do hard ________ labor when she is working at her new jobs.

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

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 costs of housing seem to be higher than one might expect, even for the year in which the author attempted this study.

Part 1: Why do you think housing costs are so high for such horrible apartments?

Part 2: Why do you think society and the government doesn't seem to recognize how exorbitant the housing prices are?

Part 3: Do you think housing prices can ever be completely fair? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

While it might be no surprise that Wal-Mart doesn't want to have labor unions in their store, it's more surprising that workers aren't more motivated to get involved

Part 1: Why do you think Wal-Mart doesn't want to have labor unions and organizations in their stores?

Part 2: Why do you think employees at Wal-Mart are scared to begin talks for labor union support in their stores?

Part 3: Is the risk of losing one's job worth it in order to get a labor organization in a store? Why or why not?

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