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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 not middle-class.
(b) Most of the kids were not religious.
(c) Most of the kids were motivated to get good careers.
(d) Most of the kids were middle-class.

2. Approximately how long was Hamper's father gone?
(a) Eighteen months.
(b) Six months.
(c) A year.
(d) One month.

3. How long did Hamper work before being laid off for the first time?
(a) Four years.
(b) One year.
(c) Five years.
(d) Two years.

4. As Brown hung around in the Cab Shop, what did he do?
(a) Smoked marijuana.
(b) Fell asleep.
(c) Drank beer.
(d) Read magazines.

5. In the summer and fall of 1977, how many hours a day did Hamper work?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Fourteen.
(c) Nine.
(d) Eight.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter Four, when Hamper and Bob-A-Lou went to the "State of the Factory" address, what were they given?

2. How did management generally run the factory?

3. At the factory, when was the most popular time to drink?

4. What job did Dale hold during the first part of his day?

5. According to Hamper's theory, why did the shop-rats listen to that kind of music?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Who did Bob-A-Lou have a crush on? What does this reveal about his character and how was he different from most of the other factory workers?

3. What kind of place was Mark's Lounge? How was this place exactly what Hamper needed?

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. 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?

7. How did Hamper's fellow factory workers respond to the article in the Wall Street Journal? Given the tone of this part of the story, where did Hamper actually get his happiness?

8. What did Mike Moore want to do his last night in Flint before he moved to San Francisco? How is this oddly fitting?

9. "It wasn't every afternoon that I received long-distance phone call from folks at the Wall Street Journal. I didn't remember having any friends who worked there and I was certain that I didn't owe these people any money (pg 171). What do these two sentences reveal about Hamper's character?

10. What difficulty did Hamper run into as he tried to get a visitor's pass for Alex Kotlowitz, the reporter from the Wall Street Journal? How does this difficulty illustrate the vast difference between the factory worker and the corporate man, even within the same company?

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