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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. How was Hamper's new high school significantly different from his old one?
(a) Most of the kids were motivated to get good careers.
(b) Most of the kids were middle-class.
(c) Most of the kids were not middle-class.
(d) Most of the kids were not religious.

2. 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 break up their system.
(c) They thought the men could handle another task.
(d) They wanted to make an example of the men.

3. Why did Hamper and Mike come to hate their fathers?
(a) Their fathers were unreliable.
(b) Their fathers were drunkards.
(c) Their fathers were stuck in a rut.
(d) Their fathers were shop-rats.

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

5. At the end of Chapter Four, where was Hamper writing the book?
(a) In a drafty shed.
(b) In his kitchen.
(c) In a bar.
(d) In his girlfriend's living room.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. During his first day of work, before he learned Roy's name, what nickname did Hamper give him?

3. What two classes did Hamper pass in junior high?

4. What was the job Hamper first wanted to have?

5. How many siblings did Joanie have?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Hamper tells the story of people who disagree with the shop-rats' drinking, he writes much of the story in capital letters. What literary effect does this visual change have on the story?

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. What is Hamper's first exposure to the true culture of the Cab Shop? How did this dramatically change his attitude toward work?

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

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

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

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