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. _____________ has to support her husband and an elderly relative on 30 to 50 dollars each week.

2. Barbara thinks the fact she is __________ will help her since she will not stand out from others.

3. What does the author have to do once she is done with the testing process at Wal-Mart?

4. At the Wal-Mart job fair, Barbara fills out a long test which seems to push her into claiming total ___________ and complete obedience.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While at times it seems that coworkers band together to help each other out, at other times, they treat each other as though they were unaware of the other's existence.

Part 1: Why do you think coworkers band together at some points of a minimum wage job?

Part 2: Why do you think coworkers can also turn their backs on their coworkers so easily?

Part 3: Do you think the management tries to influence the bonds between coworkers? If so, why? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

The management styles described in the book are commonplace for those who have already had minimum wage jobs, it seems.

Part 1: Why do you think managers in the book feel they need to be as demanding as they are?

Part 2: Do you think the managers are consciously trying to manipulate their workers? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible to be a fair and balanced manager when you are managing minimum wage workers? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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