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Multiple Choice Questions

1. During his sophomore year of high school, what did Hamper name his rather large collection of poems?
(a) "Intestines of a Balloon."
(b) "Thoughts of the Crocodile."
(c) "Under the Table."
(d) "Hammered After Four."

2. How much sleep did Dale typically get in a night?
(a) Three hours.
(b) Eight hours.
(c) Six hours.
(d) Four hours.

3. During his first stint at GM, what part of the cars did Hamper work on?
(a) Bumpers.
(b) Rear wheel wells.
(c) Windshields.
(d) Dashboard interiors.

4. Why was Hamper's mom the primary breadwinner in the family?
(a) His dad was frequently in jail.
(b) His mom had better job skills than his dad did.
(c) His mom preferred to work as stay home.
(d) His dad didn't hold down a job very long.

5. How much money did Hamper make painting apartments?
(a) Three dollars an hour.
(b) Fifty dollars a day.
(c) Seven dollars an hour.
(d) One hundred dollars per apartment.

6. When did GM schedule an applicant for a physical?
(a) When the applicant didn't look healthy.
(b) When the applicant's background check showed drug involvement.
(c) When the application had been processed.
(d) When they planned to put him to work immediately.

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

8. Why was Hamper raised as a Catholic?
(a) So he could go to Catholic school and get a good education.
(b) His parents were devout Catholics.
(c) His mother was very traditional.
(d) So he would be guaranteed a place in heaven.

9. What happened one day when Hamper left journalism class on drugs?
(a) He drove the wrong car out of the parking lot.
(b) He could not figure out how to turn the car on.
(c) He hit a tuba player in the marching band.
(d) He hit a parked car.

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

11. When a would-be employee arrived late and was rejected, what did he do?
(a) Cried.
(b) Left in silence.
(c) Yelled at the supervisor.
(d) Cursed the men who had arrived on time.

12. What car part did Hamper's father install at the factory?
(a) The bumper.
(b) The wheel rivets.
(c) The dash wires.
(d) The windshield.

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

14. How did Hamper's maternal grandfather live?
(a) He was punctual for work and barely drank.
(b) He was late for work and constantly drunk.
(c) He had trouble holding down a job.
(d) He was punctual to work and drunk all weekend.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Roy eventually do to his pet mouse?

2. How much time was required for an employee to secure his job at GM?

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

4. In the summer and fall of 1977, how many hours a day did Hamper work?

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

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