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

2. How old was Hamper the first time he went to a car factory?
(a) Four.
(b) Eight.
(c) Eighteen.
(d) Seven.

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

4. What was the job Hamper first wanted to have?
(a) Factory worker.
(b) Construction worker.
(c) Ambulance driver.
(d) Airline pilot.

5. At the beginning of Chapter Four, when Hamper and Bob-A-Lou went to the "State of the Factory" address, what were they given?
(a) Jelly doughnuts.
(b) Certificates of appreciation.
(c) Chips and beer.
(d) Pretzels and cold soda.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the routine when Joanie visited Hamper's house?

2. How much sleep did Dale typically get in a night?

3. Why did Hamper like spending time at Joanie's house?

4. According to Hamper, why did the nuns not care that he was a poor student?

5. What happened when Hamper was called in to see the guidance counselor at school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Hamper's father, though not a model of determination or reliability, often berated his son because of his poor grades. How did his cursing set the tone of their conversations about school?

4. 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?

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. What was Hamper's reaction to the news that Louise Mandrell had ordered a GM Suburban? How does this fit what the reader already knows about Hamper's personality?

7. At the beginning of Chapter 5, how did Hamper portray the employees of the Michigan Employment Security Commission? Is this a fair picture?

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

9. What was Hamper's opinion of the Flint Voice when he first read it? What expectations does this create in the reader's mind?

10. How did Hamper's fellow factory workers respond to the article in the Wall Street Journal? Given the tone of this part of the story, where did Hamper actually get his happiness?

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