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. Because of the low wages that are paid in the area, people who are working at minimum wage are expected to ____________.

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

3. What is the first thing the woman in #118 found in order to help her get started in her new life?

4. What is the title of the job Barbara takes at the Woodcrest residential facility, an elder care facility?

5. Given that The Maids are paid _______, Barbara doesn't understand why they need to rush through their duties.

Short Essay Questions

1. After Barbara takes her drug test, what does she do in terms of her job hunting?

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

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

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

5. What is the rate of pay that the Merry Maids claims to offer to those who work for them?

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

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

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

9. What does Barbara do as the focus of her job at Wal-Mart, as it becomes clearer on the first shift?

10. What does the author admit to doing which is making her a little nervous about the drug test she needs to take?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The minimum wage workers are kept down and continue to be kept down in modern times. With this idea in mind, it seems that maybe there is a reason for the poverty level to exist.

Part 1: Why might there be a need for poverty level workers in the world?

Part 2: What might happen if the poverty level workers were not around to fill the positions they are in?

Part 3: Do you think it's realistic to have a goal of removing poverty and minimum wage workers completely? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of poverty is one of the most complex issues this world seems to be unable and often unwilling to tackle.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of poverty? Can there be only one definition? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think poverty is so hard for governments to manage?

Part 3: Why do you think people slide into poverty and poverty-conditions?

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