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. Barbara is horrified to see that The Maids use very little _________ when they are cleaning.

2. What are managers to think of themselves as when they are working at Wal-Mart?

3. Barbara thinks she is supposed to _____________ on her shift, but no one else on her shift does.

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

5. Barbara doesn't even apply for ___________ since she knows she doesn't have the clothing for this type of work.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The argument of responsibility is one that takes on a subtle tone in this manuscript. The author too seems to believe that if a person takes responsibility for themselves, they can do more and be more.

Part 1: Do you believe people stay in poverty because they lack an attitude of responsibility? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think people in poverty situations are aware of their situations? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think some people in poverty don't take more responsibility for their situation or for their future?

Essay Topic 2

In many of the jobs the author took, she was working for larger companies with nationwide stores and franchises.

Part 1: How do the larger companies differ from the smaller companies Barbara works for in the book?

Part 2: How might smaller companies treat their employees versus larger companies?

Part 3: Why do you think larger companies handle their employees as though they were really important, but then treat them like they are 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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