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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Hamper, why did the nuns not care that he was a poor student?
(a) They cared less about the children of factory workers.
(b) Their favorites were the obviously talented kids.
(c) They knew the school would produce many underachievers in exchange for a couple brilliant students.
(d) They were too old to care about much.

2. During the pre-work physical, what did Hamper do against his better judgment?
(a) Asked for the nurse's phone number.
(b) Lied about his medical history.
(c) Pretended to be sick so he would have another week of freedom.
(d) Sold his urine to the man ahead of him in line.

3. What did Franklin write on napkins and bits of paper?
(a) Hate letters.
(b) Bible verses.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Magazine articles.

4. Where did Lightnin' sleep during every work shift?
(a) Leaning against the wall in the men's bathroom.
(b) Lying on a cafeteria bench.
(c) Lying in a box by the Finishing Line.
(d) Sitting in the stairwell by the locker room.

5. As told in Chapter Four, how much money did Hamper make while working at the factory?
(a) $200 a shift.
(b) $12.82 an hour.
(c) $9.82 an hour.
(d) $15.33 an hour.

6. Why did Hamper grow up in a neighborhood of houses that all look alike?
(a) The neighborhood architect didn't have a good imagination.
(b) The houses were built during a recession when buyers did not have much money.
(c) The neighborhood was built simply to house new factory employees.
(d) All Flint residential neighborhoods look the same.

7. What day was Hamper finally called in to work at the car factory?
(a) Saturday.
(b) Monday.
(c) Sunday.
(d) Thursday.

8. When did Hamper's great-grandfather begin working in the car factory?
(a) 1910.
(b) 1930.
(c) 1905.
(d) 1925.

9. At the beginning of Chapter Two, what religiously-loaded term did Hamper use to describe Flint?
(a) The Automotive Temple.
(b) Hitching-post Heaven.
(c) God's Factory.
(d) Greaseball Mecca.

10. Why did Hamper's parents fight?
(a) His mom was tired of working and raising kids.
(b) His dad was frequently unfaithful to his mother.
(c) His dad drank a lot and became violent.
(d) His dad was frequently absent.

11. How was Hamper's new high school significantly different from his old one?
(a) Most of the kids were motivated to get good careers.
(b) Most of the kids were middle-class.
(c) Most of the kids were not middle-class.
(d) Most of the kids were not religious.

12. What did Hamper hate more than anything?
(a) Having to work the swing shift.
(b) General Motors itself.
(c) Not getting paid enough.
(d) The minute hand on the clock.

13. Why did Joanie and Hamper get married when she became pregnant?
(a) Abortion and adoption were unheard-of in their religious circle.
(b) They loved each other.
(c) Hamper wanted to escape his mother's home.
(d) They were finally eighteen and able to make their own decisions.

14. Why did absenteeism increase greatly on Fridays?
(a) Thursday was pay-day.
(b) The bosses were even crabbier because they did not want to be there.
(c) The work shift was shorter on Friday.
(d) The work shift was longer on Friday.

15. When Hamper moved into his mother's basement, what did he think would save his marriage to Joanie?
(a) Taking care of their daughter more.
(b) Being faithful to her.
(c) Earning lots of money at GM.
(d) Drinking less.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Hamper think was Dan-O's most amusing prank?

2. While painting apartments, why did Hamper become friends with Glen?

3. Oftentimes, when was a woman placed on the assembly line?

4. According to Hamper's theory, why did the shop-rats listen to that kind of music?

5. How had Hamper imagined his father's work before he saw it?

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