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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 plans did Hamper and Dale have together for their careers?
(a) Stay in their tasks for thirty years.
(b) Gradually move into a less demanding assembly line.
(c) Move up into management.
(d) Get injured and earn disability pay most of their lives.

2. In the summer and fall of 1977, how many hours a day did Hamper work?
(a) Nine.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Fourteen.
(d) Eight.

3. While painting apartments, why did Hamper become friends with Glen?
(a) Their wives had been friends for several months.
(b) They were in identical situations.
(c) Glen lived in the building.
(d) Glen often stopped by to say hi.

4. Why did Jack take a sledgehammer to the cigarette machine?
(a) The machine had eaten his money.
(b) He was pretending the machine was the plant manager.
(c) He wanted to take his anger out on something.
(d) He thought the broken machine was a GM conspiracy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How much money did Hamper make painting apartments?

2. What happened one day when Hamper left journalism class on drugs?

3. At the beginning of Chapter Four, when Hamper and Bob-A-Lou went to the "State of the Factory" address, what were they given?

4. At the beginning of Chapter Two, what religiously-loaded term did Hamper use to describe Flint?

5. Why did Hamper's dad often denounce African-Americans?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Hamper tells the story of people who disagree with the shop-rats' drinking, he writes much of the story in capital letters. What literary effect does this visual change have on the story?

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

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

5. What system did Dale and Hamper rig up at work? How did this again change Hamper's attitude toward his job?

6. How did Hamper justify his drinking at work? What was his opinion about the people who disapproved of factory workers drinking at work, and is this opinion fair?

7. How did Hamper's marriage to Joanie end? Given his tone in the writing, what do you think his attitude was during this time?

8. 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?

9. What kind of a person was Franklin? How was his personality different than expected? How did he act as a sort of prototype for Hamper's own life?

10. What story does Hamper tell involving Lesley Gore's music? How does this story show that Hamper, if only for an hour and twelve minutes, transcended the shop-rat mindset?

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