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. Wal-Mart contends that _______ take money from workers and risk the wages of workers

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

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

4. What city in Maine does Barbara choose for her next working location during her assignment?

5. Where does Barbara rent a room until she is able to find housing that will work for her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The costs of housing seem to be higher than one might expect, even for the year in which the author attempted this study.

Part 1: Why do you think housing costs are so high for such horrible apartments?

Part 2: Why do you think society and the government doesn't seem to recognize how exorbitant the housing prices are?

Part 3: Do you think housing prices can ever be completely fair? Why or why not?

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