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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. What year did Hamper begin working at GM?
(a) 1977.
(b) 1975.
(c) 1970.
(d) 1980.

2. What job did Dale hold during the first part of his day?
(a) Horse rancher.
(b) Pig farmer.
(c) Tax accountant.
(d) Traffic cop.

3. How old was Hamper the first time he went to a car factory?
(a) Seven.
(b) Eighteen.
(c) Eight.
(d) Four.

4. What did Hamper do when people criticized him for drinking on the job?
(a) He thought they were hypocrites.
(b) He laughed and ignored them.
(c) He was hurt because what they said was true.
(d) He was quick to defend himself.

5. Why did Hamper's dad yell at him for his bad grades?
(a) He wanted his wife to be proud of all their kids.
(b) Education was important to him.
(c) He cared about achieving more and looking better than the neighbors.
(d) He wanted his son to avoid the life of a factory worker.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many children did Hamper's parents have?

2. Why was Hamper raised as a Catholic?

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

4. Why was Hamper expelled from his Catholic high school?

5. What car part did Hamper's father install at the factory?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who were Lightnin' and Same-O? What did their lives say about Hamper's future?

2. Hamper describes Paul Schobel's work techniques through a series of natural metaphors (pg 189). Why is this different from what might be expected? How is it humorous?

3. How did Hamper's stories about life after high school reveal the time period in which they were written? What clues did he give by telling how much things cost?

4. Who or what was Hamper's greatest enemy at work? How did he use his new attitude about work to combat the enemy?

5. By the time Janice moved to a different area of the factory, how had she changed? How is this different from what might be expected of a woman working that job?

6. What was Hamper's reaction to the news that Louise Mandrell had ordered a GM Suburban? How does this fit what the reader already knows about Hamper's personality?

7. How did the men on the Rivet Line deal with the supervisor sent in to replace Gino? How was this a sign that they are powerful?

8. What difficulty did Hamper run into as he tried to get a visitor's pass for Alex Kotlowitz, the reporter from the Wall Street Journal? How does this difficulty illustrate the vast difference between the factory worker and the corporate man, even within the same company?

9. How did Hamper begin to construct his life after high school? How was he alone and yet not alone during this time?

10. What was Hamper's opinion of the Flint Voice when he first read it? What expectations does this create in the reader's mind?

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