Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What tattoo did Doug, the steering gear man, have on his arm?
(a) His wife's name in blue ink.
(b) A rodent with the word "shop-rat" above it.
(c) The date he began working at GM in 1976.
(d) A half-naked girl.

2. What happened when Hamper wanted to get out of his move to Pontiac
(a) The union representative said he would pull some strings so he could stay.
(b) He was told he'd have to see if his job would still remain in two years.
(c) He was fired immediately.
(d) GM would not let him out of a signed contract.

3. Why did Hamper want to wear the Howie costume head?
(a) He wanted a Halloween costume.
(b) He wanted to prove he could break into any locked room.
(c) He wanted to prove that Howie was not real.
(d) He wanted to be the quantity control mascot.

4. Why did Hamper take a long time learning his job on the Rivet Line?
(a) It was a difficult job.
(b) He was lazy and did not want to learn it.
(c) He was hoping to be transferred somewhere else.
(d) His coworker didn't know how to train him very well.

5. Paul took over Janice's job on the Rivet Line; where had he worked before?
(a) The tailgate line.
(b) The foundry.
(c) 7-Eleven.
(d) The body shop.

6. Why did Polson, another shop-rat, become angry at Hamper?
(a) Polson could not stand Hamper's pranks at work.
(b) Hamper had written a disparaging article about deer hunting.
(c) Hamper had written an angry article about the Rivet Line.
(d) Hamper was trying to get a manager position over Polson.

7. While reading The Wall Street Journal article, what did Hamper realize?
(a) He would rather be a writer than a factory worker.
(b) The working class survivors were the backbone of America.
(c) The average American was not interested in the working class survivors.
(d) The working class survivors were a pitiful lot.

8. What was Hamper and Jerry's scheme for getting extra hours (pg 149)?
(a) They'd take a double lunch break.
(b) They'd take turns punching each other back into the clock while the other one took a longer lunch.
(c) They'd clean for fifteen minutes and get paid for two hours.
(d) They'd volunteer to come early but show up at the last minute.

9. How was Paul injured on the Rivet Line?
(a) He sliced his arm to the bone.
(b) He tore the tendons and arteries in his right wrist.
(c) He tore the arteries in his left wrist.
(d) He dropped the skid plate on his foot.

10. What aggravated Hamper about his friendship with Janice?
(a) She insisted that she could do everything a man could.
(b) She wanted to hide their friendship from her husband.
(c) Their coworkers assumed they were sleeping together.
(d) She acted too differently from the male employees.

11. At the beginning of Chapter Six, as Hamper explains, what do the rednecks on the Rivet Line collect?
(a) Beer caps.
(b) Broken rivet heads.
(c) Sick days.
(d) Banana stickers.

12. Why was Hamper given a $2,700 check?
(a) Disability payment because he had injured his back at work.
(b) Incentive to come back to work at GM, since he was already trained.
(c) Bonus from a bill Jimmy Carter had put through.
(d) Bonus for restarting his job at GM.

13. Why did Hamper not want to write about being a shop-rat, in an article for the Flint Voice?
(a) He wanted to pretend work was better than it actually was.
(b) He thought it would be too much work.
(c) He thought the topic was boring.
(d) He did not want his coworkers to be offended.

14. Why was Hamper familiar with Michael Moore?
(a) They had gone to high school together.
(b) Moore had worked at GM for eight years.
(c) Moore was always causing political disturbances.
(d) They had discovered at a family reunion that they were second cousins.

15. Why did Hamper begin writing?
(a) His sister thought he would have a lot of success as a writer.
(b) He wanted to tell his story.
(c) He was unemployed again and bored.
(d) He was hoping to move out of the factory into publishing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What nearby bar did Hamper and his coworkers often go to after work?

2. What incentive did management offer if the assembly line kept the quality high?

3. Why did Hamper not stay with Mother Jones when Moore was fired?

4. What was the supervisor's reaction when Hamper and Paul doubled up their jobs?

5. What was Hamper's advice for working thirty years in the factory?

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