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

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

3. What are employees to think of themselves as when they are working for Wal-Mart?

4. Nobody seems to make eye contact, Barbara notes, when she applies at _____________, which strikes her as weird.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara seems to be a good person, someone who looks out for others and even stands up for them when they are being taken advantage of.

Part 1: Do you think Barbara is a good person? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think Barbara would have stood up for Holly, for example, if she had actually had to rely on her job for money?

Part 3: How do you think Barbara's assignments affected the way she interacted with the other workers? Or didn't it?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of a living wage is something that is hotly debated these days.

Part 1: Why do you think a living wage is necessary?

Part 2: What do you think a good living wage would be for your current location today? Why did you choose this number?

Part 3: If prices keep rising, but the living wage does not, how can a minimum wage worker ever get ahead? What might you suggest as a plan to keep people from living off of fast food and avoiding healthcare?

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