Thursday, January 15, 2009

Evaluation Chapter Questions

Outline the following, according to the EVALUATION CHAPTER, due Friday:

a.     How did she do as a worker?

b.    How did she do at "life in general"?

c.    Why are the official poverty rates misleading?

d.    If productivity is increasing, why aren't wages?

e.    What keeps the workers from finding better jobs? Where is the friction?

f.    Explain the "vicious cycle" of labor costs described by the book.

g.    What makes the working poor invisible?

h.    List some of the complaints the middle and upper class have about the

working poor.

i.    Summarize the problems facing the working poor.

j.    What are the solutions to these problems?

k.    What are the objections to these solutions?

l.    Why does Ehrenreich call the working poor the most philanthropic of all

social classes?

5 comments:

John Y. said...

Coming soon is a monument in American History. Our children and grandchildren and those after will be reading about it in history books and asking us as old men and women about what times were like when the first Black President entered into office. Pay attention people! And think about how far African-Americans as a people, have come.

publius said...

I wonder... How many of you agreed with Ehrenreich's assessment of herself as a worker and low-wage survivor? I appreciate that she admits to her poor choices in the Twin Cities, but I don’t see how she came up with a B or B+ as for her performance. I would not want to work with someone with that attitude, much less hire one.
-Matthew

scott said...

I think ehrenreic did her best as a worker. it seemed that she was always sore from working hard

Serafina said...

I am really curious to see how Ehrenreich lives today. Does she have a cleaning lady? When she goes out to eat is she picky or hard on the servers? Im sure after writing this book her whole attitude changed obviously, But was is enough to change her whole way of life after she returned home?

kristine.a.lefors said...

The evaluation chapter had important reminders and information make sure that you use parts of it in your paper, it helps. just remember though Barbra Ehrenreich is in her fifties which does limit her abilities