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

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did Hamper experience his last breakdown?
(a) April 1988.
(b) November 1995.
(c) February 1992.
(d) June 1990.

2. Who did Bob-A-Lou marry?
(a) Hamper's cousin.
(b) A woman who worked in the Finishing Line at GM.
(c) A woman in the Philippines.
(d) The cafeteria cashier.

3. What did Howie do when he began touring the factory again?
(a) Walked slowly and did not interact with the employees.
(b) Inspired confidence like he had done before.
(c) Became the butt of everyone's jokes.
(d) Bounded around to check the quality of people's work.

4. Why did Hamper sign the transfer paper to move to Pontiac?
(a) The union did not give him any choice.
(b) He thought it would be a good career move.
(c) He would have been fired immediately if he did not.
(d) Otherwise he would have been out of a job within two years.

5. Why did Hamper refuse to enroll in an outpatient mental health center?
(a) That would mean interacting with people.
(b) He did not want to just because his doctor insisted on it.
(c) He did not have the money for it at the time.
(d) It would have meant drinking less.

6. According to Hamper in Chapter 10, why did GM not allow the NBC film crew into the factory?
(a) GM believed any creativity came from a flawed mind.
(b) Hamper had already used his favors to get The Wall Street Journal writer in.
(c) GM had strict publicity rules.
(d) GM did not trust anything Hamper wanted to do.

7. 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.

8. In pretending that he's competing in the Olympics, who are his opponents?
(a) Japanese.
(b) Chinese.
(c) Germans.
(d) Brazilians.

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

10. What was Hamper's problem with his job on the axle line?
(a) He thought he should not work first shift.
(b) He could not figure out the progression.
(c) He was too short.
(d) He was not strong enough.

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

12. What happened to the man who tried to kill his coworker?
(a) He was written up.
(b) He was fired immediately.
(c) He was suspended for two weeks.
(d) He was charged with attempted murder but not convicted.

13. To what does Hamper compare his factory job?
(a) Living the life of tedium mixed with drunkenness.
(b) Getting paid to flunk high school.
(c) Living the mental equivalent of a frog's life.
(d) Getting paid to make future rust buckets.

14. 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.

15. Why was Jackson afraid of Hamper?
(a) He thought Hamper might beat him up some time.
(b) Hamper had blackmail material involving Jackson's drug habit.
(c) He thought Hamper would write about him in an article.
(d) He thought Hamper could instigate a rebellion among the workers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened when Hamper wanted to get out of his move to Pontiac

2. Why did Hamper begin writing?

3. As Hamper begins Chapter Five, what does he think is the worst part of unemployment?

4. Why did Hamper hate the new supervisor, Calvin Moza?

5. Why did Ronny volunteer Hamper and himself for the tailgate buildup job?

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