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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 two classes did Hamper pass in junior high?
(a) Religion and Science.
(b) Music and Gym.
(c) Music and Math.
(d) Science and History.

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

3. 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 unfaithful to his mother.
(d) His dad was frequently absent.

4. When did GM schedule an applicant for a physical?
(a) When they planned to put him to work immediately.
(b) When the applicant's background check showed drug involvement.
(c) When the applicant didn't look healthy.
(d) When the application had been processed.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How was Hamper's new high school significantly different from his old one?

2. When Hamper was a child, why were his friends amused by his dad?

3. How did Hamper's maternal grandfather live?

4. What racket did Louie have going at work?

5. Why did Hamper's dad yell at him for his bad grades?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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. 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?

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

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