Asked by Yolanda Johnson on Mar 10, 2024



The paragraphs of the following essay have been scrambled so that they are out of order. Read them and then answer the question(s) that follow.
Trading My Brown Shirt for a Backpack
_____ Although I was prepared to have less money, one effect I didn't expect from losing my job was the negative feelings I would have. I was embarrassed to tell my family what had happened, worried that my fiancée would think less of me, and angry that events I couldn't control had ruined my life. It was strange and depressing not having the job to go to every day. Maybe some wouldn't consider delivering packages a career, but I liked my work, it paid well, and I was outside driving a truck all day. So it's not just the money I miss; it's the job.
_____ The words "economic downturn" didn't mean much on the front of a newspaper, but then I got laid off. Suddenly, those weren't just words but the beginning of a long chain of events in my life. I liked my job at the United Parcel Service, and I had received many positive performance reviews, so I didn't think the rising unemployment rate was going to touch me. People still have to ship packages, right? Wrong. Getting my pink slip had powerful effects on my lifestyle and plans, but not all the effects have been bad ones.
_____ The one positive effect of getting laid off is that it forced me to reconsider college. When I got a good job shortly after high school, in confirmed my decision to head straight into the "real world." Now that there are so few full-time jobs with benefits out there, getting more education and training seems like the logical move. A counselor at the unemployment office encouraged me to attend a career fair at San Francisco Community College. I ended up taking placement exams and enrolling that same afternoon.
_____ After losing my job, I have had to make major financial changes. My unemployment check is about half what I was making at UPS, so I have to budget very carefully. I used to take my fiancée out to a nice dinner almost every week. Now our dates involve pizza and rented movies. We also had to postpone our wedding until I'm back on my feet. The hardest change by far has been moving back in with my dad because I couldn't make the rent on my apartment.
_____ So here I am in a freshman writing class, returning to school the spring I expected to be getting married and hunting for a nice apartment. So far I'm enjoying college more than I thought. I feel proud to be pursuing my Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate. When I'm done, I'll be driving around in an ambulance instead of a delivery truck, and I have a feeling I'm going to like it.
⎯ Alex Silvio, Student
Select the answer that numbers the paragraphs in the order they should appear in the essay.

A) 3, 4, 1, 5, 2
B) 2, 1, 3, 4, 5
C) 3, 1, 4, 2, 5

Economic Downturn

A period of decline in economic performance across a broad area, typically characterized by reduced industrial activity, consumer spending, and increased unemployment.

Unemployment Rate

The percentage of the labor force that is jobless and actively seeking employment.

Pink Slip

An informal term for the notice of dismissal given to an employee; historically, it referred to a pink-colored document.

  • Understand the organizational structure of a well-developed essay.

Verified Answer

Benjamin Portillo

Mar 10, 2024

Final Answer :
Explanation :
The essay should begin with paragraph 3, where the author talks about reconsidering college after losing his job. Paragraph 1 follows next, where he talks about the negative feelings resulting from losing his job. Then comes paragraph 4, where he talks about the financial changes he had to make. Paragraph 2 follows, where he describes how getting laid off affected his life. Finally, the essay ends with paragraph 5, where he talks about his current situation of returning to school and pursuing an EMT certificate.