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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 name of Hamper's first supervisor?
(a) Buck.
(b) Brown.
(c) Bud.
(d) Angel.

2. At work, what did Dan-O like to do?
(a) Sleep.
(b) Read.
(c) Drink beer.
(d) Play practical jokes.

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

4. Why did Hamper's dad yell at him for his bad grades?
(a) He wanted his son to avoid the life of a factory worker.
(b) He wanted his wife to be proud of all their kids.
(c) He cared about achieving more and looking better than the neighbors.
(d) Education was important to him.

5. What was Hamper's opinion of coffee?
(a) Only one cup a day.
(b) Just as good as beer.
(c) Terrible stuff.
(d) Good but not strong enough.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did GM not hire Hamper when he wanted to apply?

2. What did Hamper's mom hope he'd do once he finished high school?

3. How did management generally run the factory?

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

5. Why was Hamper expelled from his Catholic high school?

Short Essay Questions

1. "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?

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

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

4. How did Hamper justify his drinking at work? What was his opinion about the people who disapproved of factory workers drinking at work, and is this opinion fair?

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. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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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