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. Linda wants the author to think of her work at Woodcrest as __________ work, though the customers wear diapers.

2. _____________ is a woman who simply picked up and moved to Florida because she heard the rents were better than New Jersey.

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

4. Who is the diabetic that sneaks donuts at the Woodcrest residential facility where the author works her second job?

5. Barbara describes a feeling of hopeless __________ in her position as a maid, even when she is in public in her uniform.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discrimination seems to be a part of everyday society, it seems, at least from the perspective of the author.

Part 1: In what ways does discrimination affect the author's experience in this experiment?

Part 2: Why do you think the author focuses so much on race and on blending in when she is picking her jobs?

Part 3: In what ways are others around the author discriminated against? Or are they?

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