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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. As Hamper began high school, what was his only plan for his life?
(a) Not to work at GM or become a drunkard.
(b) To become a sensational radio personality.
(c) To work at GM like his ancestors.
(d) To drink and sleep with lots of girls.

2. What was Hamper's first impression of the crew of men he was called in with the first day?
(a) They were thrilled to be there for a job.
(b) They were lazy men.
(c) They were sluggish, unskilled men.
(d) They were high school drop-outs.

3. How much time was required for an employee to secure his job at GM?
(a) Seven days.
(b) Ninety days.
(c) Thirty days.
(d) Six months.

4. What did Hamper hate more than anything?
(a) Having to work the swing shift.
(b) General Motors itself.
(c) Not getting paid enough.
(d) The minute hand on the clock.

5. Why did GM not hire Hamper when he wanted to apply?
(a) During the recession, the factory wasn't hiring.
(b) He did not have good job references.
(c) They did not want to hire any more Hampers.
(d) He had to be twenty-one to work there.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much money did Hamper make painting apartments?

2. During the pre-work physical, what did Hamper do against his better judgment?

3. At work, what did Dan-O like to do?

4. Why did Hamper grow up in a neighborhood of houses that all look alike?

5. Why did Jack take a sledgehammer to the cigarette machine?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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. How did poetry temporarily draw Hamper out of his slide toward the factory? How might this have paved the way for more writing in the future?

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