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. Wal-Mart contends that _______ take money from workers and risk the wages of workers

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

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

5. Rosalie worked so hard as a _____________ in her childhood that her rotator cuff is damaged, though she continues to work through the pain.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Barbara do as the focus of her job at Wal-Mart, as it becomes clearer on the first shift?

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

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

9. What does the unattractive young cook at the elder care facility reveal to Barbara as they are out on a smoke break?

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

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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