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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. Where did Lightnin' sleep during every work shift?
(a) Lying on a cafeteria bench.
(b) Leaning against the wall in the men's bathroom.
(c) Lying in a box by the Finishing Line.
(d) Sitting in the stairwell by the locker room.

2. What did Hamper discover when he began to write poetry?
(a) He could escape the monotony of life.
(b) The teachers liked him better.
(c) Girls liked him.
(d) He got better grade.

3. When a would-be employee arrived late and was rejected, what did he do?
(a) Yelled at the supervisor.
(b) Cried.
(c) Left in silence.
(d) Cursed the men who had arrived on time.

4. Why did Hamper fight the career trend toward the GM factory?
(a) He had bigger dreams than the factory.
(b) He'd known since tenth grade that he would work there.
(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. What happened when Hamper was called in to see the guidance counselor at school?
(a) Hamper hated all the job choices that the counselor presented.
(b) Hamper was too stoned to go.
(c) The counselor could not find a suitable job for him.
(d) The counselor could only recommend blue-collar jobs.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did GM schedule an applicant for a physical?

2. As told in Chapter Four, how much money did Hamper make while working at the factory?

3. How did Hamper and Joanie overcome their initial shyness toward each other?

4. Why did GM not hire Hamper when he wanted to apply?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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. 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?

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

6. What system did Dale and Hamper rig up at work? How did this again change Hamper's attitude toward his job?

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

8. What is Hamper's first exposure to the true culture of the Cab Shop? How did this dramatically change his attitude toward work?

9. Why is Hamper's description of Flint, Michigan, at the beginning of Chapter 2, a powerful one?

10. 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?

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