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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 the most significant thing that acid did for Hamper?
(a) Gave him a bad attitude.
(b) Made him happy.
(c) Destroyed reality.
(d) Turned everything purple.

2. As Brown hung around in the Cab Shop, what did he do?
(a) Smoked marijuana.
(b) Fell asleep.
(c) Drank beer.
(d) Read magazines.

3. Why did Joanie and Hamper get married when she became pregnant?
(a) They loved each other.
(b) Abortion and adoption were unheard-of in their religious circle.
(c) Hamper wanted to escape his mother's home.
(d) They were finally eighteen and able to make their own decisions.

4. What happened when Hamper was called in to see the guidance counselor at school?
(a) Hamper hated all the job choices that the counselor presented.
(b) Hamper was too stoned to go.
(c) The counselor could not find a suitable job for him.
(d) The counselor could only recommend blue-collar jobs.

5. Why did the supervisors add another task to Hamper and Dale's job?
(a) They wanted to test the men's speed.
(b) They wanted to make an example of the men.
(c) They wanted to break up their system.
(d) They thought the men could handle another task.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the assembly-line workers originally run their radio?

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

3. Why did Hamper's dad yell at him for his bad grades?

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

5. Why did Hamper make the honor roll his sophomore year of high school?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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. Hamper said that Same-O was quite likely the only genius he ever met at the General Motors factory (pg 66). Why did he say this?

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

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

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. 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?

8. How was Hamper's father an anomaly among fathers? Even at a young age, what was Hamper's opinion of him? How might this affect his own development in the future?

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

10. Hamper ends Chapter 3 with the sentence, "The money was right, even if we weren't" (pg 43). What does this mean?

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