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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Why was Hamper expelled from his Catholic high school?
(a) He refused to attend the daily mass.
(b) He had sworn at his history teacher.
(c) He was caught trying to skip class.
(d) He was caught rolling a joint in the library.
2. Why did the supervisors add another task to Hamper and Dale's job?
(a) They wanted to make an example of the men.
(b) They thought the men could handle another task.
(c) They wanted to break up their system.
(d) They wanted to test the men's speed.
3. At the factory, when was the most popular time to drink?
(a) Any time the person was on the clock.
(b) During the lunch break.
(c) While standing at the assembly line.
(d) Right before coming to work.
4. What was Glen's dream job?
(a) Being a rock'n'roll legend.
(b) Working at the GM factory.
(c) Owning his own restaurant.
(d) Painting apartments.
5. Why did Jack take a sledgehammer to the cigarette machine?
(a) He wanted to take his anger out on something.
(b) The machine had eaten his money.
(c) He thought the broken machine was a GM conspiracy.
(d) He was pretending the machine was the plant manager.
Short Answer Questions
1. In the summer and fall of 1977, how many hours a day did Hamper work?
2. How did Hamper's maternal grandfather live?
3. Why did Hamper and Mike come to hate their fathers?
4. How many children did Hamper's parents have?
5. Why was Hamper raised as a Catholic?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Hamper's description of Flint, Michigan, at the beginning of Chapter 2, a powerful one?
2. What religious background did Hamper have during his childhood? How did religion shape his move into adulthood?
3. Hamper ends Chapter 3 with the sentence, "The money was right, even if we weren't" (pg 43). What does this mean?
4. What do Hamper's stories about high school revolve around? How does this show that he was giving in to the nuns' perception of him that began in junior high?
5. Who or what was Hamper's greatest enemy at work? How did he use his new attitude about work to combat the enemy?
6. How did poetry temporarily draw Hamper out of his slide toward the factory? How might this have paved the way for more writing in the future?
7. "I'm thinking that rock stars, even dead ones, don't come cheap" (pg xix). In the context of the Prologue, what does this quote mean?
8. What system did Dale and Hamper rig up at work? How did this again change Hamper's attitude toward his job?
9. At the end of Chapter 4, Hamper reveals his place in the present time and lets the reader know that the events took place some nine years before he wrote about them. What effect does this have on the reader's perception of the book?
10. How did Hamper's marriage to Joanie end? Given his tone in the writing, what do you think his attitude was during this time?
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