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
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