Nickel and Dime

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Using Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed and Weisberg’s documentary Waging a Living, write an argumentative essay in which you decide what personal qualities and characteristics are necessary to “make it in America”. Then use examples from both to support your thesis. Barbara Ehrenreich argues that government and business in America fail to address the problems of the poor. Using what you have learned from Nickel and Dimed and Waging a living, explain how a person in America might also be responsible, at least partially, for his own individual failure. In a well-developed essay, discuss three pertinent, vivid representative examples of the difficulties Barbara Ehrenreich encountered as a waitress in Chapter 1. In a well-developed essay, analyze what makes working in the ladies wear department at Wal-Mart a good example of Barbara Ehrenreich’s quote from chapter 3 of Nickel and Dimed: “…no job is as easy as it looks to the uninitiated.” Though Ehrenreich doesn't specifically mention "the feminization of poverty" in Nickel and Dimed, the book offers compelling evidence that women are more likely than men to be poor in America. Agree or disagree with this claim, using evidence from her book. Moving to a new place can be exciting, but it's also often stressful. How does Barbara manage her many moves in the book? What lessons could you learn from her--either positive or negative--about making a successful move? Nickel and Dimed describes several scenes in which Barbara undergoes an orientation. What's involved in orientation? Argue something about these orientation sessions. 1. pp. 15 ff. (starting at the bottom of the page with the interview): orientation to work at the Hearthside Restaurant; p. 16 ff. Gail. p. 53 the Motel 6 pp. 69-70 the Blue Haven pp. 73 ff: Barbara learns how to be a Maid. pp. 76-77 ff. Liza, the team
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