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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. According to Hamper's theory, why did the shop-rats listen to that kind of music?
(a) It's the music their fathers always listened to.
(b) It's the only station their radio can pick up.
(c) It's the music they grew up with.
(d) It's redundant and predictable like their work.

2. During his sophomore year of high school, what did Hamper name his rather large collection of poems?
(a) "Under the Table."
(b) "Hammered After Four."
(c) "Intestines of a Balloon."
(d) "Thoughts of the Crocodile."

3. Why did Hamper grow up in a neighborhood of houses that all look alike?
(a) The neighborhood architect didn't have a good imagination.
(b) The houses were built during a recession when buyers did not have much money.
(c) All Flint residential neighborhoods look the same.
(d) The neighborhood was built simply to house new factory employees.

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

5. What day was Hamper finally called in to work at the car factory?
(a) Sunday.
(b) Thursday.
(c) Saturday.
(d) Monday.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What racket did Louie have going at work?

3. Why did Joanie and Hamper get married when she became pregnant?

4. When Hamper was a child, why were his friends amused by his dad?

5. What year did Hamper begin working at GM?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. How is Hamper's portrayal of his mother pathetic at times? Is it a fair character description?

5. 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?

6. Who were Lightnin' and Same-O? What did their lives say about Hamper's future?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

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