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. When any employees does something for his or herself instead of for the store, Wal-Mart calls them a ____________.

2. Nobody seems to make eye contact, Barbara notes, when she applies at _____________, which strikes her as weird.

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

4. Marge and Holly talk about how low wage ____________ even look down on maids when they are out.

5. What does Barbara continue to look for since she does not know the result of her drug test?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the one line of work that Barbara does not even apply for since she does not have the proper clothing?

7. What does the unattractive young cook at the elder care facility reveal to Barbara as they are out on a smoke break?

8. What are the titles that Wal-Mart wants its employees to think of themselves as?

9. What does the long employment test at a Wal-Mart job fair seem to be trying to do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many times, the workers Barbara is with seem resigned to the life in which they have been a part.

Part 1: Why do you think the workers Barbara meets don't really understand that things could be better?

Part 2: Why do you think the workers around Barbara don't know their rights and don't believe them when Barbara tells them what they should expect?

Part 3: Why do you think the workers aren't motivated to do more for themselves?

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

The management styles described in the book are commonplace for those who have already had minimum wage jobs, it seems.

Part 1: Why do you think managers in the book feel they need to be as demanding as they are?

Part 2: Do you think the managers are consciously trying to manipulate their workers? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible to be a fair and balanced manager when you are managing minimum wage workers? Why or why not?

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