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 would Barbara use in order to document her daily experiences after her shifts were done for the day?

2. The Preamble Center for Public Policy noted that the odds against a typical welfare recipient's landing a job at a ______ were about 97 to 1.

3. Barbara lets a sewer repairman spend a few minutes cooling off with a ________________ before taking his order.

4. 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.

5. Many of the businesses in town seem to place ads in the paper ____________ so as to always have applicants.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reason, the author feels, that workers can not go out and look for better jobs?

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

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

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

5. When Barbara's skin breaks out in an odd rash, what does her boss seem to think the problem is?

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

7. Why is it okay for corporations to fire workers who talk about forming a union within a company?

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

9. What is the story of Caroline, the women Barbara uses as a guide to her own difficult situation in Minneapolis?

10. When Barbara goes back to Wal-Mart in order to fill out a new test, what happens when she gets a few wrong?

Essay 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

It seems that most of the places where Barbara worked didn't want to give employees any time off or any breaks.

Part 1: Why do you think the places of employment were unwilling to give breaks to the workers?

Part 2: What do you think may have happened to morale and productivity if the employees had been allowed to take breaks?

Part 3: Why do you think breaks are necessary within the course of a working shift?

Essay Topic 3

Barbara begins to recognize that her thinking is shifting when she becomes upset over the littlest things.

Part 1: Why do you think Barbara is beginning to get upset over the littlest things are her jobs?

Part 2: In what ways do some of the places of employment try to make the employees feel responsible for their work?

Part 3: Do you think it's healthy for an employee to become stressed out about the work they have done? Why or why not?

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