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 admits that at the end of the project, she did break down and ____________, stealthily, though, and never within hearing of management.

2. Barbara's father had been a _____________; her uncles and grandfathers worked in the mines or for the Union Pacific.

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Barbara want to take on the assignment she actually suggested be done?

3. What will Barbara not rely on in order to get a job and to support herself, as one of the rules of her experiment?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Barbara seems to be a good person, someone who looks out for others and even stands up for them when they are being taken advantage of.

Part 1: Do you think Barbara is a good person? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think Barbara would have stood up for Holly, for example, if she had actually had to rely on her job for money?

Part 3: How do you think Barbara's assignments affected the way she interacted with the other workers? Or didn't it?

Essay Topic 3

The working conditions in which you work might change you, according to Barbara.

Part 1: Why might the working conditions in which you are placed change the person you are?

Part 2: How do companies attempt to reshape and to mold the employees they have hired?

Part 3: What do you think happens when some people refuse to change for the job in which they have been hired? Why?

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