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. What does Barbara accidentally shatter in her efforts to help Holly not have to work as hard?

2. What is the made-up name for the apartments that Barbara finally finds in Minnesota?

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

4. Frequently, owners of homes will set up ___________ to keep an eye on the housekeeping help that are in their homes

5. The author concludes that the hiring process is designed to ____________ workers down and make them agree to anything.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While it might be no surprise that Wal-Mart doesn't want to have labor unions in their store, it's more surprising that workers aren't more motivated to get involved

Part 1: Why do you think Wal-Mart doesn't want to have labor unions and organizations in their stores?

Part 2: Why do you think employees at Wal-Mart are scared to begin talks for labor union support in their stores?

Part 3: Is the risk of losing one's job worth it in order to get a labor organization in a store? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In many of the jobs the author took, she was working for larger companies with nationwide stores and franchises.

Part 1: How do the larger companies differ from the smaller companies Barbara works for in the book?

Part 2: How might smaller companies treat their employees versus larger companies?

Part 3: Why do you think larger companies handle their employees as though they were really important, but then treat them like they are not?

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