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. _____________ has to support her husband and an elderly relative on 30 to 50 dollars each week.

2. What drug is Barbara afraid might skew the results of a drug test she might have to take?

3. What city in Maine does Barbara choose for her next working location during her assignment?

4. Where does the author eventually stay when she realizes she will not be able to find a place with the money she is making?

5. The obvious __________ of the sales company is a breath of fresh air for the author compared to the false concern from Wal-Mart.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the author admit to doing which is making her a little nervous about the drug test she needs to take?

5. Why so the Maids think that the job they are offering is easy for someone to learn and to do?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The working conditions in which you work might change you, according to Barbara.

Part 1: Why might the working conditions in which you are placed change the person you are?

Part 2: How do companies attempt to reshape and to mold the employees they have hired?

Part 3: What do you think happens when some people refuse to change for the job in which they have been hired? Why?

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 costs of housing seem to be higher than one might expect, even for the year in which the author attempted this study.

Part 1: Why do you think housing costs are so high for such horrible apartments?

Part 2: Why do you think society and the government doesn't seem to recognize how exorbitant the housing prices are?

Part 3: Do you think housing prices can ever be completely fair? Why or why not?

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