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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In Serving in Florida, who is Ehrenreich's audience? Base your answer on the tone you detect in specifi passages.

Ehrenreich's audience, the people she hopes will read the book, are individuals who have never been in the kind of position or situation she is living and describing. She is attempting to convey...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 1:31 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In "Serving in FLorida," a chapter from her book Nickle and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich does not state her thesis. What...

Ehrenreich's purpose is to show how tough it is to make a living as a waitress or food server. She emphasizes that the work is hard and actually takes a high degree of skill and competence. A...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2017 12:43 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

What are the main themes in Nickel and Dimed? What moral or ethical problems are explored in the book?  

The subtitle of Nickel and Dimed is On (Not) Getting By in America. It is important to note how Ehrenreich chose to put "not" in parentheses, and that choice on her part is directly related to her...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010 9:16 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In Serving in Florida, discuss specific instances of humor in this selection. Is it primarily ironic humor?...

In Ehrenreich's "Serving in Florida" chapter, the author's humor is ironic, as the restaurant, far from being a clean haven, is disgustingly dirty. She writes, using an extended metaphor, "The...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2017 2:15 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In "Serving in Florida," how does Ehrenreich make the narrative stance as both an outsider and insider work? Does she...

Throughout Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores the dynamics of trying to maintain two contrasting positions. While in some ways, her book is a work of investigative journalism for which...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 2:55 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

What is the author’s purpose in Nickel and Dimed?

I actually have a different opinion than the educator above. Although I do agree that Ehrenreich provides an amazing first-hand research experience of her plight as an underpaid worker, I don't...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2015 4:41 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

What are the three rules the author sets for herself at the beginning of Nickel and Dimed? Does she ever break them?...

In Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich examines the impact of the 1996 welfare reform act on the class in America. The investigative report uncovers the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2020 7:29 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

What is the author's tone in Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America?

Ehrenreich uses a detached journalistic tone in this investigative work. In it, she documents her experiences in a variety of low-wage jobs. She depicts in detail how she tries to survive...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 12:22 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Early in chapter one of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich notes that, in terms of...

To her disappointment, the author discovers that want ads are not a reliable measure of the actual jobs available at any particular time. This is because the want ads are an "insurance policy" for...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2018 9:36 pm UTC

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In Nickel and Dimed, what rule does Ehrenreich break and why does she break it in the chapter "Scrubbing in Maine"?

In Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Barbara Ehrenreich goes undercover to see how people living at minimum wage live. As she begins the project she sets three rules for herself....

Latest answer posted December 13, 2015 4:12 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In "Serving in Florida," from her book Nickel and Dimed, how does Barbara Ehrenreich establish her ethos,...

In the chapter on serving, Ehrenreich discusses her experiences as a waitress at two Key West restaurants, the Hearthside and Jerry’s, and as a housekeeper at the motel attached to Jerry’s. During...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2018 6:44 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Nickel and Dimed In Nickel and Dimed how does Ehrenreich fail at her experience? I need 3 examples.  

On page 28, Ehrenreich discusses her failure to make as much money in tips as she had during the tourist seasons. On page 35, Ehrenreich reports how her supervisor at a restaurant gave her friendly...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 8:44 am UTC

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In "Serving in Florida," what elements of fiction (such as figurative language, dialogue, and narrative commentary)...

Many of the traits that make Barbara Ehrenrich an effective writer are on display in the following excerpt from the “Serving in Florida” chapter of her book Nickle and Dimed: On my first Friday at...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 2:21 pm UTC

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What are some examples of metaphor in Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed?

Because it is a journalistic account of her experiences, Barbara Ehrenreich does not use many metaphors in Nickel and Dimed. The book's literary style is personal and intimate, rather than dry and...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012 4:36 am UTC

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What are all the jobs that Barbara had throughout the book Nickel and Dimed?

She worked as a Walmart sales clerk, a hotel maid, waitress, nursing home aide, and a cleaning woman to name a few.

Latest answer posted September 24, 2007 6:50 am UTC

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In the book Nickel and Dimed, do you think discrimination shaped Ehrenreich's story? In what ways?

As the other answer explains, race and, especially, gender determines the kind of minimum wage work Ehrenreich does. Her jobs as a waitress and a house cleaner are particularly tied to gendered...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2020 1:47 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

How would you classify the tone in Nickel and Dimed? Is the tone ironic, sardonic, or caustic?

In the book,Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich where she tries to live on a minimum wage job, I would classify the tone as caustic if you define caustic as a biting or a stinging tone. When...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2012 12:51 pm UTC

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In Nickel and Dimed, why would Ehrenreich choose to use a personal voice instead of detached voice when writing?

Nickel and Dimed is Barbara Ehrenreich's 1996 experiment of pretending to be a poor person and trying to subsist on entry-level jobs. While her study was not scientific and contained several...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2012 2:16 pm UTC

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The hands and knees approach is a definite selling point for corporate cleaning services like "The Maids."  Explain...

In one lengthy description of cleaning a particular home, Barbara Ehrenreich explores the combined ideologies of hygiene and servitude that she sees at the core of the hands-and-knees approach....

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 12:45 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

How does Ehrenreich fail in her experince in the low wage work environment? I need three examples from the text with...

On page 28, Ehrenreich discusses her difficulties in making enough money to meet all her expenses, including her rent. On page 41, Ehrenreich discusses her "slide into poverty" as a result of...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 8:36 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In "Scrubbing in Maine" from Nickel and Dimed, describe Barbara's cleaning company training. What is the owner's...

Barbara's jobs in Maine are her first venture out of her home state of Florida. Besides her work as a "dietitian" at a nursing home, Barbara's main source of income in Maine is her work for a...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2010 8:18 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, analyze the diction of the chapter "Serving in Florida."

Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed is a 2001 book on the state of the working poor in America, and their ability to "(not) get by." Ehrenreich pretended to be a poor person to see if she could...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012 3:53 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, analyze the diction of the chapter "Serving in Florida."

Ehrenreich's purpose in writing Nickel and Dimed was to convey her experiences as an educated, solidly middle-class woman attempting to survive on an equal basis with those who did not have the...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2012 10:14 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

How does Barbara Ehrenreich use elements of fiction in Nickel and Dimed?

Because Barbara Ehrenreich approached Nickel and Dimed as a social experiment instead of a scientific one, her methodology allowed more conjecture and assumption. For example, she couldn't easily...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2012 7:29 am UTC

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What connections would you make between maids and minorities in the United States? What about between maids and...

I will divide my answer into three parts. Connections between: 1) Maids and minorities Ehrenreich admits that most of the women she worked with in maid-service were white, and that fact seems to...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2015 6:48 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

What is the occasion of the book Nickel and Dimed in America?

In her introduction to Nickle and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich describes a conversation she had over an expensive lunch of "salmon and fried greens" with Lewis Lapham. Lapham, the editor of Harper's,...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 1:23 am UTC

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What does ehrenreich mean when she uses the term wage slave  

Barbara Ehrenreich uses the term "wage slave" to describe the situation in which many of her coworkers in the book find themselves. They are employed and are being paid, so they can be called wage...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2011 8:53 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Describe Barbara Ehrenreich in Nickel and Dimed. Describe Barbara Ehrenreich in Nickel and Dimed.

The character Barbara is fairly interesting to analyze. The previous posts were quite thorough. I would only add that part of what makes the work so interesting in that one can see how there is...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010 9:37 am UTC

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do you think Americans make excessive demands on the family unit rather than calling for the government to help those...

I think we have a culture of work in this country and a Puritan work ethic to go with it that puts stresses and strains on the family unit. Americans work long hours, and in most cases both...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2010 2:59 pm UTC

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What qualifications does Barbara Ehrenreich bring to writing Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America?

Barbara Ehrenreich's college training was in the area of science, specifically lab research that led to a PhD in cell biology. Through this training, she learned to be inquisitive and discovered...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2011 9:03 am UTC

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 Based on the book Nickel and Dimed, what were some of the issues experienced related to lack of healthcare insurance?

In addition to the examples of the problems experienced by Holly and Lucy, Nickel and Dimed illustrates vividly the importance of access to healthcare when Barbara herself has a medical issue....

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018 6:35 pm UTC

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What is the ailment Barbara gets when she is in Maine in Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Getting by in America.

When she is working as a maid in Maine, Barbara Ehrenreich develops a rash of unknown origin. She also begins to suffer from various aches and pains caused by the rigors of her job. Barbara is a...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2009 3:21 pm UTC

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do you think an increase in salary would redress the lack of benefits, or its this completely separate problem do you...

I’m not 100% sure that if low-wage workers were paid more salary, they would set aside money for health insurance premiums, particularly if they are young and healthy. Part of the current debate on...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2009 5:27 pm UTC

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In Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, what are the main themes discussed by the author?

The main theme/argument of Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed is that the United States unjustly creates minimum standards that are actually unfeasible, and as a result, minimum wage workers are crushed...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2010 9:53 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

As this wasn't real life to her, was Barbara's experiment valid? She went with a car, previous knowledge, and the...

In my opinion, Barbara's experiment in the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, was a valid experiment. Yes, she did have outs that other people in the book did not have, but she...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012 1:39 pm UTC

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How does Ehrenreich define the concept of living wage and explain why is it difficult to accomplish at the Federal...

Ehrenreich refers to a "living wage" very early on in her book (page 3) but only loosely defines it as a wage that allows you to survive economically, pay for basic needs such as food, shelter,...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2010 1:21 am UTC

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In Nickel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, what does the quote "The average man does not want to be free....

This quote is actually by essayist H.L. Mencken. In the context of Nickel and Dimed, it means the majority of Americans are working hard just to put food on the table and find a safe place to live....

Latest answer posted September 1, 2016 7:10 pm UTC

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Please explain the specifics of Ehrenreich's study in Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America.

Barbara Ehrenreich combined direct personal experience (placing herself in the working and living situations she was studying) with academic research (reviewing the statistical studies regarding...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011 10:06 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

How do men and women in Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed fit into the broader context of United States economic...

The men and women who were Barbara Ehrenreich's co-workers reflected many of the economic trends and realities in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century and the beginning of...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012 4:19 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

According to the book Nickel and Dimed, how does the larger society (rich and poor) "pay" for the plight that the...

In the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, the author makes the case that all of American society pays a price for the plight of the working poor. As an...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2012 10:38 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Describe the author's possibilities for living conditions, locations, price, type of residence.

In Chapter 1, Ehrenreich decides to get her first job and residence near her home; so she ventures out into Key West, Florida. She realizes that this is a tourist area; so her housing will be...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010 1:10 am UTC

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How does Ehrenreich respond to the plight of the working poor?

The author’s tone in Nickel and Dimed - On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich is that of an investigative reporter. She sees the struggles of the underemployed and underpaid, and...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

What are the six dominant American values in Nickel and Dimed?  

This an a pretty broad question and I am sure that you will get many different answers. Here are a few values that I think has been important to America over the years. First, I believe that there...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2009 2:15 am UTC

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Where did Barbara Ehrenreich take her third low-wage position? What were her duties? How much did she earn? Nickel...

Ehrenreich took her third minimum-wage job in Minnesota because of the State's claims of a robust economy in the job and housing sectors. In this instance, she started out housing sitting for...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2010 4:23 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In Nickel and Dimed, how does Ehrenreich transition from observing her environment in the workplace to taking part as...

Ehrenreich doesn't intend to be a waitress at all when she starts looking for her first minimum wage situation because she remembers how physically demanding that work was when she worked as a...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2012 9:58 am UTC

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Locate two vocabulary words in chapter three, of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in...

Using context clues is a very sensible way to determine the meaning of a word. When using context clues, a reader examines the words and phrases surrounding the unknown word in order to determine...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2013 1:31 am UTC

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What are the three circumstances the author, Barbara Ehrenreich, required for her investigation in Nickled and Dimed?...

Barbara Ehreneich has misgivings about taking the assignment to live for three months by working at minimum wage jobs because she grew up poor and didn't have any desire to retread old unhappy...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2010 11:22 pm UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In Nickeled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, the insertion of "ha ha" in the quotation below serves to...

Of the choices you have been given, the best possible option would be letter B. The "ha ha" is the manager providing his own reaction of laughter in response to what he considers his humorous...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2013 4:13 am UTC

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

In Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, the author notes the tendency of employers to advertise jobs as having...

When Ehrenreich moves to Maine for part of her experiment in Nickel and Dimed, she notes the manner in which employment is advertised. As she looks through job postings, she points out that some...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2013 4:36 pm UTC

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What causes Barbara Ehrenreich money problems her first week while working as a maid in Maine?

During Barbara Ehrenreich's first week of work at a house maid service in Maine, she drops a fish bowl spilling water everywhere. Then she is told that as a matter of company policy her pay check...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2010 10:35 am UTC

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