1) Many of the text we've read discuss the idea of status. Think about the communities you belong to - your family, groups of friends, neighborhoods, and/or ethnic communities. What gives someone status in each of these communities or groups? What do you think this suggests about the values of your community? Are they the same as yours? Do you aspire to status in your community - or to something else.
2) Terkel's book was first published in 1972. In the sections we've read so far, what struck you as aspects of working life that have changed the most? What surprised you? In what ways do you think some of jobs described and working life in general have gotten better? Worse? What has stayed the same?