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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 reinstated as a student in the school?
(a) He promised not to break any more school rules until graduation.
(b) He turned in a written apology.
(c) His mother pleaded for the school to take him back.
(d) He promised to provide drugs to the principal.

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

3. How was Hamper's new high school significantly different from his old one?
(a) Most of the kids were motivated to get good careers.
(b) Most of the kids were not religious.
(c) Most of the kids were middle-class.
(d) Most of the kids were not middle-class.

4. Why did Hamper never beat his dad up when he was being lectured?
(a) He was too scared.
(b) He was often on acid and just laughed at his dad.
(c) He tried but his dad beat him up instead.
(d) His mom was always there to make sure they did not hit each other.

5. How did the assembly-line workers originally run their radio?
(a) By plugging into a factory outlet.
(b) With 9-volt batteries.
(c) With a car battery.
(d) By tuning into the factory loudspeaker.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Hamper moved into his mother's basement, what did he think would save his marriage to Joanie?

2. As Hamper began high school, what was his only plan for his life?

3. Why was Hamper's mom the primary breadwinner in the family?

4. Inside the auto factory, why was the Cab Shop nicknamed the Jungle?

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. 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?

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

4. What role did Hamper's mother play in his life?

5. 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?

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. At the end of Chapter 1, what did Hamper reveal about his hopes for the future? What insight did he show about the past?

9. 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?

10. "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?

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