Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Serving in Florida Study Questions

Serving in Florida

1)In what ways is the process of interviewing that Ehrenreich encounters demeaning or unappreciative of workers' individuality?

Would you be willing to go through what she does to get a job?

2)How do managers and assistant managers, as Ehrenreich depicts them, function as adversaries to those beneath them?

3) What might explain the managers' behavior and mentality given that most of those in such positions came from the same jobs their employees fill and that they themselves for the most part make very little money?

4) Have you formed an opinion of those in managerial positions from your own experiences? Does it correspond to what Ehrenreich observes?

5)How do the brief vignettes (25-6) about her coworkers' living quarters add to Ehrenreich's tale of her own experiences?

6) One point that Ehrenreich makes throughout the book is that "starting conditions are everything" (27).

  1. What does she mean by this, and why does she make this point more than once?

Think about your own situation of starting college, as you are right now. Is there a similar experience in relation to the effort you are undertaking?

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