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. What is the first thing the woman in #118 found in order to help her get started in her new life?

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

4. What is hurting Barbara as she is filling up the dishwasher with dishes and carrying away the dirty items?

5. The Maids say the work they do will be easy because cleaning is in our __________, notes Barbara.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara begins to recognize that her thinking is shifting when she becomes upset over the littlest things.

Part 1: Why do you think Barbara is beginning to get upset over the littlest things are her jobs?

Part 2: In what ways do some of the places of employment try to make the employees feel responsible for their work?

Part 3: Do you think it's healthy for an employee to become stressed out about the work they have done? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The working conditions in which you work might change you, according to Barbara.

Part 1: Why might the working conditions in which you are placed change the person you are?

Part 2: How do companies attempt to reshape and to mold the employees they have hired?

Part 3: What do you think happens when some people refuse to change for the job in which they have been hired? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Many times, the workers Barbara is with seem resigned to the life in which they have been a part.

Part 1: Why do you think the workers Barbara meets don't really understand that things could be better?

Part 2: Why do you think the workers around Barbara don't know their rights and don't believe them when Barbara tells them what they should expect?

Part 3: Why do you think the workers aren't motivated to do more for themselves?

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