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. The workers have troubles coming up with two dollars to buy a new ___________ when one is left behind at the office.

2. It is Wal-Mart's policy to ____________ clothing in order to make the shopping experience slightly different.

3. The Maids calculate their wages by ________, which makes it difficult to know what a person is being paid.

4. What is the name of the test Barbara fills out when she is apply at The Maids job during the hiring process?

5. What is the title of the job Barbara takes at the Woodcrest residential facility, an elder care facility?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the prissy women at the first Maids job Barbara is on do for her baby?

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

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

7. What is the one line of work that Barbara does not even apply for since she does not have the proper clothing?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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