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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. According to Hamper, why did the nuns not care that he was a poor student?
(a) They were too old to care about much.
(b) They knew the school would produce many underachievers in exchange for a couple brilliant students.
(c) They cared less about the children of factory workers.
(d) Their favorites were the obviously talented kids.

2. When Hamper's dad left, what was the only information his family had?
(a) That he planned to be back before Christmas.
(b) That he took the last can of beer with him.
(c) That he was somewhere in southern Florida with a bartender.
(d) That he was headed for Indiana.

3. At the beginning of Chapter Two, what religiously-loaded term did Hamper use to describe Flint?
(a) Hitching-post Heaven.
(b) God's Factory.
(c) Greaseball Mecca.
(d) The Automotive Temple.

4. During his first day of work, before he learned Roy's name, what nickname did Hamper give him?
(a) The prophet.
(b) The naïve one.
(c) The greenie.
(d) The ignorant one.

5. How had Hamper imagined his father's work before he saw it?
(a) His dad built each car from a kit.
(b) There weren't any loud machines.
(c) Half the employees were women.
(d) The workplace was cleaner.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Denny and Hamper listen to during their one elusively magical lunch break (pg 58)?

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

3. At the beginning of Chapter Three, what reason did Hamper give that Joanie was unhappy in their marriage?

4. What was Glen's dream job?

5. What happened when Hamper was called in to see the guidance counselor at school?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. At the end of Chapter 4, Hamper reveals his place in the present time and lets the reader know that the events took place some nine years before he wrote about them. What effect does this have on the reader's perception of the book?

4. What story does Hamper tell involving Lesley Gore's music? How does this story show that Hamper, if only for an hour and twelve minutes, transcended the shop-rat mindset?

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. 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. 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?

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

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. 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?

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