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 is interesting about the test Barbara takes when she applies at Wal-Mart again?

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. Who does Barbara have to talk about when it comes to the result of her test?

4. Who is the diabetic that sneaks donuts at the Woodcrest residential facility where the author works her second job?

5. The workers at The Maids get free ________ when they arrive at work in the morning, but have to wear uniforms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It seems that the odds are against those who are in minimum wage jobs. From the costs of housing to the way these workers are often not paid well, it seems the cycle of poverty may never end.

Part 1: Why do you think minimum wage workers can not get ahead in their lives?

Part 2: Do you think outside influences are the main reasons why people can not lift themselves from poverty? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think society willfully creates conditions in which minimum wage workers can not succeed? Why or why not?

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

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?

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