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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 music did Hamper and his coworkers listen to at work?
(a) Top 40's.
(b) Classic rock.
(c) Oldies.
(d) Country.

2. What car part did Hamper's father install at the factory?
(a) The dash wires.
(b) The windshield.
(c) The wheel rivets.
(d) The bumper.

3. Why did Hamper and Mike come to hate their fathers?
(a) Their fathers were drunkards.
(b) Their fathers were unreliable.
(c) Their fathers were stuck in a rut.
(d) Their fathers were shop-rats.

4. During his first stint at GM, what part of the cars did Hamper work on?
(a) Bumpers.
(b) Windshields.
(c) Dashboard interiors.
(d) Rear wheel wells.

5. When Hamper's dad left, what was the only information his family had?
(a) That he planned to be back before Christmas.
(b) That he was somewhere in southern Florida with a bartender.
(c) That he took the last can of beer with him.
(d) That he was headed for Indiana.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the trickiest part of doubling-up, as Hamper and Dale did?

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

4. As told in Chapter Four, how much money did Hamper make while working at the factory?

5. What did Hamper's mom hope he'd do once he finished high school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Hamper's description of Flint, Michigan, at the beginning of Chapter 2, a powerful one?

3. How is Hamper's portrayal of his mother pathetic at times? Is it a fair character description?

4. "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?

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

6. What pattern emerged in junior-high that led Hamper to consider the life of a shop-rat? How did he begin to identify with his family who had worked in the factory?

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

8. 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?

9. What is Hamper's first exposure to the true culture of the Cab Shop? How did this dramatically change his attitude toward work?

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

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