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 Ted say Barbara has an allergy to when she complains about having a rash on her hands?

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

3. Who does Barbara have to hide from when she is trying to make a last ditch effort to find a place to stay when in Minnesota?

4. What are employees to think of themselves as when they are working for Wal-Mart?

5. It is Wal-Mart's policy to ____________ clothing in order to make the shopping experience slightly different.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 3

The argument of responsibility is one that takes on a subtle tone in this manuscript. The author too seems to believe that if a person takes responsibility for themselves, they can do more and be more.

Part 1: Do you believe people stay in poverty because they lack an attitude of responsibility? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think people in poverty situations are aware of their situations? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think some people in poverty don't take more responsibility for their situation or for their future?

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