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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. Why did Jack take a sledgehammer to the cigarette machine?
(a) He wanted to take his anger out on something.
(b) The machine had eaten his money.
(c) He thought the broken machine was a GM conspiracy.
(d) He was pretending the machine was the plant manager.

2. What did Hamper discover when he began to write poetry?
(a) He got better grade.
(b) He could escape the monotony of life.
(c) Girls liked him.
(d) The teachers liked him better.

3. Why did Hamper make the honor roll his sophomore year of high school?
(a) He had plenty of time to study while babysitting his younger siblings.
(b) He was still motivated from his freshman year.
(c) His father was intimidating him into getting good grades.
(d) He decided he never wanted to work in a factory.

4. How many siblings did Joanie have?
(a) Two.
(b) Eleven.
(c) None.
(d) Eight.

5. What job did Hamper get after he quit painting?
(a) Salesman.
(b) Shoprat.
(c) Janitor.
(d) No job.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What was Hamper's opinion of coffee?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of person was Joanie? Use Hamper's references to her to create a character description.

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. "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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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