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 Ted say Barbara has an allergy to when she complains about having a rash on her hands?

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

3. The _____________ market proves to be a challenge in the city Barbara moves to in Minnesota.

4. The author concludes that the hiring process is designed to ____________ workers down and make them agree to anything.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author decide to go to Maine for her next working assignment?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Barbara seems to be a good person, someone who looks out for others and even stands up for them when they are being taken advantage of.

Part 1: Do you think Barbara is a good person? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think Barbara would have stood up for Holly, for example, if she had actually had to rely on her job for money?

Part 3: How do you think Barbara's assignments affected the way she interacted with the other workers? Or didn't it?

Essay Topic 2

It seems that most of the places where Barbara worked didn't want to give employees any time off or any breaks.

Part 1: Why do you think the places of employment were unwilling to give breaks to the workers?

Part 2: What do you think may have happened to morale and productivity if the employees had been allowed to take breaks?

Part 3: Why do you think breaks are necessary within the course of a working shift?

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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