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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 much money did Hamper make painting apartments?
(a) Seven dollars an hour.
(b) One hundred dollars per apartment.
(c) Fifty dollars a day.
(d) Three dollars an hour.

2. How did Hamper and Joanie overcome their initial shyness toward each other?
(a) By taking drugs.
(b) By failing history.
(c) By spending time.
(d) By going to concerts.

3. What was the job Hamper first wanted to have?
(a) Airline pilot.
(b) Ambulance driver.
(c) Factory worker.
(d) Construction worker.

4. Oftentimes, when was a woman placed on the assembly line?
(a) When the previous two workers had been seen doubling up their tasks.
(b) When management had no one else to do the job.
(c) When the work was easy.
(d) Whenever she wanted because there was no gender difference.

5. Why did Roy smoke pot during his lunch breaks?
(a) Hamper gave it to him.
(b) To stop caring about his life.
(c) He was addicted.
(d) To numb the monotony of his job.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why was Robert often angry when he got his check?

3. Why did Hamper's parents fight?

4. Why did Hamper and Mike come to hate their fathers?

5. According to Hamper, what percentage of Flint was linked to the auto factories?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what does Hamper attribute his success at the beginning of high school? How does this fit into his plans for his life?

2. 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?

3. How did Hamper's marriage to Joanie end? Given his tone in the writing, what do you think his attitude was during this time?

4. Who or what was Hamper's greatest enemy at work? How did he use his new attitude about work to combat the enemy?

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 kind of person was Joanie? Use Hamper's references to her to create a character description.

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

9. Hamper ends Chapter 3 with the sentence, "The money was right, even if we weren't" (pg 43). What does this mean?

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

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