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

2. Barbara begins to realize that when she is a maid, she is not ____________ to be a maid. She really is a maid.

3. Barbara began to realize that the only thing that made her special and separate from others at her workplace was her lack of __________.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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