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. In what department does Barbara find she will work when she is as employee for Wal-Mart?

2. What is interesting about the test Barbara takes when she applies at Wal-Mart again?

3. What does Marge suspect about Holly and this is confirmed when she will not answer the question?

4. _____________ has to support her husband and an elderly relative on 30 to 50 dollars each week.

5. Barbara notes she feels like a fugitive on this assignment, becoming obsessed with the few __________ she's brought along.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the second job that the author takes on in addition to the maid job in Maine?

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

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

5. What is Barbara's living arrangement when she first gets into town in Minneapolis?

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

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

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

9. What comes in the emergency food package that Barbara eventually gets from the Community Emergency Assistance Program?

10. What does Barbara decide about the entire hiring process after noticing she didn't even ask about salary at Menards?

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

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 3

The author herself is white and someone who is certainly in the middle class, even if she's not working as though she was.

Part 1: In what ways might her 'white-ness' have affected the way her experience turned out?

Part 2: In what ways might her experience have been different had she been a man?

Part 3: In what ways might her experience have been different had she been of a different class or race?

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