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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) One hundred dollars per apartment.
(b) Three dollars an hour.
(c) Seven dollars an hour.
(d) Fifty dollars a day.

2. What job did Hamper get after he quit painting?
(a) Salesman.
(b) Janitor.
(c) Shoprat.
(d) No job.

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

4. Why did Hamper fight the career trend toward the GM factory?
(a) He'd known since tenth grade that he would work there.
(b) He had bigger dreams than the factory.
(c) He didn't want to do anything the way his father had.
(d) He wanted to spite Joanie by staying lazy and poor.

5. Inside the auto factory, why was the Cab Shop nicknamed the Jungle?
(a) It was impossible to escape from the place.
(b) There were lots of hanging ropes and cables.
(c) It was as hot as the equator.
(d) There were lots of bugs.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter Two, what religiously-loaded term did Hamper use to describe Flint?

2. Why did Hamper make the honor roll his sophomore year of high school?

3. What was the name of the new school that combined all local Catholic high schools?

4. Why did Hamper's parents fight?

5. Why, primarily, did GM management not crack down on the employees' drinking during work?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What difficulty did Hamper run into as he tried to get a visitor's pass for Alex Kotlowitz, the reporter from the Wall Street Journal? How does this difficulty illustrate the vast difference between the factory worker and the corporate man, even within the same company?

4. "It wasn't every afternoon that I received long-distance phone call from folks at the Wall Street Journal. I didn't remember having any friends who worked there and I was certain that I didn't owe these people any money (pg 171). What do these two sentences reveal about Hamper's character?

5. What arrangement did Paul and Hamper scheme up at work? How did Hamper justify this, even to the point of making it appear right?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. Who did Bob-A-Lou have a crush on? What does this reveal about his character and how was he different from most of the other factory workers?

9. What kind of a person was Franklin? How was his personality different than expected? How did he act as a sort of prototype for Hamper's own life?

10. 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?

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