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 next place Barbara goes to in order to try to avoid drug testing and get more money?

3. What does Barbara have to care for when she stays in a friend's house at the beginning of her adventure in Minnesota?

4. Because of the low wages that are paid in the area, people who are working at minimum wage are expected to ____________.

5. The thing Barbara hates to clean most of all is _________ in the bathrooms of their customers.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the story of Caroline, the women Barbara uses as a guide to her own difficult situation in Minneapolis?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

It could be said that the author's own personal experiences are influencing the way she sees the situations around her.

Part 1: How does one's past affect the way they see the future, do you think?

Part 2: In what ways are the author's descriptions and experiences influenced by her education and her past experiences?

Part 3: Do you think the author could ever be completely objective? Why or why not?

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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