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 Barbara accidentally shatter in her efforts to help Holly not have to work as hard?

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

3. When Barbara returns to her home in Clearview, she finds out that __________ is covering the floor of her room, requiring her to move to a new one.

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

5. Working class people are driven to live in ____________ since rents are so high in the areas where they work.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the second job that the author takes on in addition to the maid job in Maine?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While it might be no surprise that Wal-Mart doesn't want to have labor unions in their store, it's more surprising that workers aren't more motivated to get involved

Part 1: Why do you think Wal-Mart doesn't want to have labor unions and organizations in their stores?

Part 2: Why do you think employees at Wal-Mart are scared to begin talks for labor union support in their stores?

Part 3: Is the risk of losing one's job worth it in order to get a labor organization in a store? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The management styles described in the book are commonplace for those who have already had minimum wage jobs, it seems.

Part 1: Why do you think managers in the book feel they need to be as demanding as they are?

Part 2: Do you think the managers are consciously trying to manipulate their workers? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible to be a fair and balanced manager when you are managing minimum wage workers? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The author herself is white and someone who is certainly in the middle class, even if she's not working as though she was.

Part 1: In what ways might her 'white-ness' have affected the way her experience turned out?

Part 2: In what ways might her experience have been different had she been a man?

Part 3: In what ways might her experience have been different had she been of a different class or race?

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