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

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

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

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

5. What motivated Hamper to make the honor roll during his freshmen year of high school?
(a) A desire to get out of Flint.
(b) His dream of becoming an ambulance driver.
(c) An attraction to girls.
(d) A desire not to disappoint his mother.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many siblings did Joanie have?

2. How did Hamper's maternal grandfather live?

3. How much sleep did Dale typically get in a night?

4. As Brown hung around in the Cab Shop, what did he do?

5. At work, what did Dan-O like to do?

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. 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?

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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. 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?

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

10. 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?

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