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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 was Roy's plan for his job?
(a) Work ninety days and then get workman's compensation.
(b) Work for thirty years so he could have a good retirement plan.
(c) Work just enough to keep his job.
(d) Work hard and move into management.

2. As told in Chapter Four, how much money did Hamper make while working at the factory?
(a) $12.82 an hour.
(b) $9.82 an hour.
(c) $15.33 an hour.
(d) $200 a shift.

3. What did Roy eventually do to his pet mouse?
(a) Trapped it in the wheel well he was constructing.
(b) Stepped on it.
(c) Incinerated it with the welder's torch.
(d) Set it free from the cardboard box.

4. How many siblings did Joanie have?
(a) Two.
(b) None.
(c) Eight.
(d) Eleven.

5. When did Hamper's great-grandfather begin working in the car factory?
(a) 1930.
(b) 1910.
(c) 1925.
(d) 1905.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How was Hamper's new high school significantly different from his old one?

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

4. What was the most unusual thing about Bob-A-Lou?

5. What did Hamper discover when he began to write poetry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What religious background did Hamper have during his childhood? How did religion shape his move into adulthood?

2. What stories does Hamper tell about Dan-O? What do these stories add to the reader's impression of the factory?

3. What did Hamper say about his younger siblings? How did this give the reader another glimpse of family life?

4. To what does Hamper attribute his success at the beginning of high school? How does this fit into his plans for his life?

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

6. What promises did the Plant Manager make during the factory meeting? How did Hamper's retelling of the speech change its tone?

7. When did the GM assembly line begin to look like an attractive option to Hamper? How did this demonstrate a change in Hamper's thinking?

8. 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?

9. How does Hamper describe the Cab Shop the first time he goes there? What about the description is the most informative about the scene?

10. 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?

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