Nickel And Dimed Book By Barbara Ehrenreich

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Nickel and Dimed is a book by Barbara Ehrenreich. Published in 2001, the book talks about the impact of the welfare reform act of 1996. If you have read it or intend to, this is the quiz for you. Enjoy!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The impetus for Ehrenreich’s investigation is?

    • A.

      She feels guilty for never joining her classmates in the 1960s who helped organize workers

    • B.

      The 4 million women about to enter the workforce due to welfare reform

    • C.

      She needs to write a dissertation to get her Ph.D.

    • D.

      All if the above

    Correct Answer
    B. The 4 million women about to enter the workforce due to welfare reform
    Explanation
    Ehrenreich's investigation is driven by the fact that 4 million women are about to enter the workforce due to welfare reform. This is the impetus for her exploration and study, as she seeks to understand the experiences and challenges faced by these women in low-wage jobs.

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  • 2. 

    What is the aim of Ehrenreich’s investigation?

    • A.

      To see if she can match her income to her expenses as a low-wage worker

    • B.

      To understand the fear and anxiety of single mothers who work for low wages

    • C.

      To prove that welfare is unnecessary …….

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. To see if she can match her income to her expenses as a low-wage worker
    Explanation
    Ehrenreich's aim in her investigation is to determine whether she can cover her expenses with her income as a low-wage worker. This suggests that she wants to experience firsthand the challenges faced by individuals in low-wage jobs and understand the financial difficulties they encounter. By attempting to match her income to her expenses, she aims to gain insight into the realities of living on a low wage and the potential hardships that arise from it.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following below does Ehrenreich  seem to use the most?

    • A.

      Pun

    • B.

      Humor

    • C.

      Rhetorical question

    Correct Answer
    B. Humor
    Explanation
    Ehrenreich seems to use humor the most in her writing. This can be inferred from the fact that humor is listed as one of the options and is chosen as the correct answer. Additionally, humor is often used as a tool to engage readers, lighten the tone, and make complex ideas more accessible.

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  • 4. 

    Why did she like Maine?

    • A.

      The scenary

    • B.

      The type people

    • C.

      The devlopment

    Correct Answer
    B. The type people
    Explanation
    The reason she liked Maine was because of the type of people there.

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  • 5. 

    What kind of observation does Ehrenreich about the low-wage world?

    • A.

      Living was not that bad

    • B.

      Change is not that easy

    • C.

      People just complain too much

    Correct Answer
    B. Change is not that easy
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that Ehrenreich's observation about the low-wage world is that change is not easy. This implies that Ehrenreich has observed that it is difficult for individuals in low-wage jobs to improve their circumstances or escape poverty. This observation highlights the challenges and systemic barriers that exist in the low-wage world, making it hard for individuals to make significant positive changes in their lives.

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  • 6. 

    In Maine, where does Ehrenreich bein her stay?

    • A.

      A Motel 6.

    • B.

      An apartment building.

    • C.

      A trailor park.

    Correct Answer
    A. A Motel 6.
    Explanation
    Ehrenreich begins her stay in Maine at a Motel 6.

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  • 7. 

    What does Ehrenreich use more in the novel?

    • A.

      Humor

    • B.

      Imagery

    • C.

      Rhetorical Querstion

    • D.

      A and B

    • E.

      B and C

    Correct Answer
    D. A and B
    Explanation
    In the novel, Ehrenreich uses both humor and imagery extensively. Humor is used to lighten the tone and provide comic relief, while imagery is used to create vivid mental pictures and enhance the reader's understanding of the author's experiences. The combination of these two literary devices adds depth and entertainment to the narrative, making it engaging for the readers.

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  • 8. 

    Why did Ehrenreich go to a suborban Walmart in the Scrubing in Maine section 

    • A.

      A new job

    • B.

      Meet a friend

    • C.

      A job fair

    Correct Answer
    C. A job fair
    Explanation
    Ehrenreich went to a suburban Walmart in the Scrubing in Maine section to attend a job fair. This suggests that she was actively looking for employment opportunities and decided to visit the job fair at Walmart in order to explore potential job prospects.

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  • 9. 

    How does she explain her quiting at Jerry's

    • A.

      She tells everyone she hates it

    • B.

      She just leaves

    • C.

      Breaks dishes

    Correct Answer
    B. She just leaves
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "She just leaves." This means that when she explains her quitting at Jerry's, she simply leaves without providing any further explanation or reasons for her decision.

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  • 10. 

    What did Ehrenreich say everyone did at Jerry's

    • A.

      Eat

    • B.

      Gossip

    • C.

      Smoke

    • D.

      Allof the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Smoke
    Explanation
    In the given question, the correct answer is "Smoke." This implies that according to Ehrenreich, everyone at Jerry's engages in smoking.

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  • 11. 

    Which resturant did she perfer?

    • A.

      IHOP

    • B.

      Hearthside

    • C.

      Jerry's

    Correct Answer
    B. Hearthside
    Explanation
    Based on the given options, the correct answer is Hearthside.

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  • 12. 

    Ehrenreich got a job at an retirement home, what was a perk about this job?

    • A.

      Helping others

    • B.

      More money

    • C.

      Free food

    Correct Answer
    C. Free food
    Explanation
    The perk of Ehrenreich's job at the retirement home was that she received free food.

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  • 13. 

    How much did she make at her maid job?

    • A.

      $6.00

    • B.

      $5.00

    • C.

      $6.65

    • D.

      $5.65

    Correct Answer
    C. $6.65
    Explanation
    The correct answer is $6.65 because it is the highest amount listed among the options.

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  • 14. 

    She got a place for how much?

    • A.

      $100.00

    • B.

      $105.00

    • C.

      $110.00

    Correct Answer
    C. $110.00
    Explanation
    The correct answer is $110.00. This means that she got a place for $110.00.

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  • 15. 

    Nickel and Dimed takes place in 1998-2000, a time of unprecedented prosperity in America. Do you think Ehrenreich's experience would be different in today's economy? How so?

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