Day 2

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    What surveys and questions is Ehrenreich forced to undergo during her job hunt in Portland? What do these tests tell her about the organizations for which she would be working?

    When applying for a job at Wal-Mart, Ehrenreich has to fill out an "opinion survey." The “survey” bears much resemblance to the test Ehrenreich had to fill out at the supermarket in Key West. Questions about ratting out fellow employees appear to be a common trait to these tests. Ehrenreich can easily see what they’re meant to do: weed out potential employees who would cause any strain on management or be anything other than dutiful, obedient, and loyal only to their managers.

    When applying for the...

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