Scrubbing in Maine

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the difference between the cleaning that is portrayed on the training tapes and the real thing?
  2. How does the author portray Tammy, the office manager?
  3. What are the author’s religious views? Why does she attend the tent revival?
  4. What are the rates that the cleaning service charges its customers? What do the workers get?
  5. Describe how Barbara treats her own rash. Should she have gone to an emergency room?
  6. What does the cleaning crew do to “terrorize” the neighborhood?
  7. What does Barbara think of the Accutrac test?
  8. How do Barbara’s co-workers react when she tells them that she is a reporter?