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 is the next place Barbara goes to in order to try to avoid drug testing and get more money?

2. Why is it strange that the author decides to go to a religious revival meeting on her night off?

3. What costs $10 to use when she is staying at the Clearview Inn before her apartment will be ready?

4. Barbara begins to realize that she is acting like an unhappy __________ when she argues with another worker at Wal-Mart.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Barbara's living arrangement when she first gets into town in Minneapolis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It could be said that the author's own personal experiences are influencing the way she sees the situations around her.

Part 1: How does one's past affect the way they see the future, do you think?

Part 2: In what ways are the author's descriptions and experiences influenced by her education and her past experiences?

Part 3: Do you think the author could ever be completely objective? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

It seems that the odds are against those who are in minimum wage jobs. From the costs of housing to the way these workers are often not paid well, it seems the cycle of poverty may never end.

Part 1: Why do you think minimum wage workers can not get ahead in their lives?

Part 2: Do you think outside influences are the main reasons why people can not lift themselves from poverty? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think society willfully creates conditions in which minimum wage workers can not succeed? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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