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 continue to look for since she does not know the result of her drug test?

2. Linda wants the author to think of her work at Woodcrest as __________ work, though the customers wear diapers.

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

4. _____________ is a woman who simply picked up and moved to Florida because she heard the rents were better than New Jersey.

5. What does Barbara have to surrender when she goes in for her drug test at the hospital?

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 are the titles that Wal-Mart wants its employees to think of themselves as?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discrimination seems to be a part of everyday society, it seems, at least from the perspective of the author.

Part 1: In what ways does discrimination affect the author's experience in this experiment?

Part 2: Why do you think the author focuses so much on race and on blending in when she is picking her jobs?

Part 3: In what ways are others around the author discriminated against? Or are they?

Essay Topic 2

One of the biggest beliefs the author holds about the way a person can better themselves in the world is that education can allow a person to do anything and to be something more.

Part 1: How does the author's educational level help her in the process of this project?

Part 2: Why do you think the other workers around the author don't realize she is more educated than them?

Part 3: Why do you think the author expected the others she worked with to notice her educational level? What does this say about the author?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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