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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 did Hamper think was Dan-O's most amusing prank?
(a) The crucified wallet.
(b) The suburban shuffle.
(c) The charging tarantula trap.
(d) The psychedelic porn kaleidoscope.

2. How did Hamper and Joanie overcome their initial shyness toward each other?
(a) By going to concerts.
(b) By failing history.
(c) By taking drugs.
(d) By spending time.

3. Why did Roy smoke pot during his lunch breaks?
(a) He was addicted.
(b) To numb the monotony of his job.
(c) Hamper gave it to him.
(d) To stop caring about his life.

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

5. How did management generally run the factory?
(a) Follow the letter of the law but not necessarily the spirit.
(b) Every rule must be followed completely.
(c) Any employee who's a favorite can do whatever he wants.
(d) Hear no evil, see no evil.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Hamper's first impression of the crew of men he was called in with the first day?

2. How was Hamper's new high school significantly different from his old one?

3. What did Hamper discover when he began to write poetry?

4. Why was Hamper reinstated as a student in the school?

5. How did Hamper's maternal grandfather live?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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