Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting by in America Test | Final 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 describes a feeling of hopeless __________ in her position as a maid, even when she is in public in her uniform.

2. At the Wal-Mart job fair, Barbara fills out a long test which seems to push her into claiming total ___________ and complete obedience.

3. Who does Barbara have to talk about when it comes to the result of her test?

4. What are managers to think of themselves as when they are working at Wal-Mart?

5. The Maids say the work they do will be easy because cleaning is in our __________, notes Barbara.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the prissy women at the first Maids job Barbara is on do for her baby?

2. Describe what 'time theft' is according to Wal-Mart and its slick produced videos that the author watches during orientation.

3. What does Menards offers to Barbara eventually when they call up to hire her?

4. What does the author do on a night when she has nothing to do and no money to spend on entertainment?

5. Why so the Maids think that the job they are offering is easy for someone to learn and to do?

6. What surprises Barbara about the cleaning method of The Maids, as described in the book?

7. What is the one upside of the Twin Lakes apartment that compels Barbara to sign up for a lease there?

8. Why does the author decide to go to Maine for her next working assignment?

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

10. What are the workers in Portland, Maine expected to do as the wages seem to be falling between $6 and $7 an hour?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

While at times it seems that coworkers band together to help each other out, at other times, they treat each other as though they were unaware of the other's existence.

Part 1: Why do you think coworkers band together at some points of a minimum wage job?

Part 2: Why do you think coworkers can also turn their backs on their coworkers so easily?

Part 3: Do you think the management tries to influence the bonds between coworkers? If so, why? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

It seems that the odds are against those who are in minimum wage jobs. From the costs of housing to the way these workers are often not paid well, it seems the cycle of poverty may never end.

Part 1: Why do you think minimum wage workers can not get ahead in their lives?

Part 2: Do you think outside influences are the main reasons why people can not lift themselves from poverty? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think society willfully creates conditions in which minimum wage workers can not succeed? Why or why not?

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