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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 did Hamper think was Dan-O's most amusing prank?
(a) The suburban shuffle.
(b) The crucified wallet.
(c) The charging tarantula trap.
(d) The psychedelic porn kaleidoscope.

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

3. As told in Chapter Four, how much money did Hamper make while working at the factory?
(a) $15.33 an hour.
(b) $12.82 an hour.
(c) $9.82 an hour.
(d) $200 a shift.

4. What did Hamper hate more than anything?
(a) The minute hand on the clock.
(b) General Motors itself.
(c) Not getting paid enough.
(d) Having to work the swing shift.

5. Why did Hamper make the honor roll his sophomore year of high school?
(a) He decided he never wanted to work in a factory.
(b) He was still motivated from his freshman year.
(c) He had plenty of time to study while babysitting his younger siblings.
(d) His father was intimidating him into getting good grades.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of Hamper's first supervisor?

2. Oftentimes, when was a woman placed on the assembly line?

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

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. How was Hamper's father an anomaly among fathers? Even at a young age, what was Hamper's opinion of him? How might this affect his own development in the future?

9. What stories does Hamper tell about Dan-O? What do these stories add to the reader's impression of the factory?

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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