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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. At the factory, when was the most popular time to drink?
(a) Right before coming to work.
(b) Any time the person was on the clock.
(c) During the lunch break.
(d) While standing at the assembly line.

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

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

4. Why did Hamper's parents fight?
(a) His dad drank a lot and became violent.
(b) His mom was tired of working and raising kids.
(c) His dad was frequently absent.
(d) His dad was frequently unfaithful to his mother.

5. Why was Hamper raised as a Catholic?
(a) His mother was very traditional.
(b) So he would be guaranteed a place in heaven.
(c) So he could go to Catholic school and get a good education.
(d) His parents were devout Catholics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Oftentimes, when was a woman placed on the assembly line?

2. Why did Joanie and Hamper get married when she became pregnant?

3. What happened one day when Hamper left journalism class on drugs?

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

5. Why, primarily, did GM management not crack down on the employees' drinking during work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

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