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 have to leave in her disgusting hotel room, even though she does not want to?

2. The workers at The Maids get free ________ when they arrive at work in the morning, but have to wear uniforms.

3. Which department is Barbara placed into when she goes back to Menards to find out about the job?

4. What does one company want her to sell, promising her $1650 for doing 54 two hour appointments?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 decide about the entire hiring process after noticing she didn't even ask about salary at Menards?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The idea of a living wage is something that is hotly debated these days.

Part 1: Why do you think a living wage is necessary?

Part 2: What do you think a good living wage would be for your current location today? Why did you choose this number?

Part 3: If prices keep rising, but the living wage does not, how can a minimum wage worker ever get ahead? What might you suggest as a plan to keep people from living off of fast food and avoiding healthcare?

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