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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 sleep did Dale typically get in a night?
(a) Three hours.
(b) Four hours.
(c) Eight hours.
(d) Six hours.

2. At the beginning of Chapter Three, what reason did Hamper give that Joanie was unhappy in their marriage?
(a) They lived in a bad neighborhood and Hamper did not care.
(b) She wanted a different job.
(c) They were not going anywhere in life.
(d) She wanted more children.

3. How did Hamper's maternal grandfather live?
(a) He was late for work and constantly drunk.
(b) He was punctual for work and barely drank.
(c) He had trouble holding down a job.
(d) He was punctual to work and drunk all weekend.

4. Why did Hamper and Mike come to hate their fathers?
(a) Their fathers were stuck in a rut.
(b) Their fathers were unreliable.
(c) Their fathers were drunkards.
(d) Their fathers were shop-rats.

5. As Hamper began high school, what was his only plan for his life?
(a) Not to work at GM or become a drunkard.
(b) To work at GM like his ancestors.
(c) To become a sensational radio personality.
(d) To drink and sleep with lots of girls.

Short Answer Questions

1. Approximately how long was Hamper's father gone?

2. How did the assembly-line workers originally run their radio?

3. What did Hamper discover when he began to write poetry?

4. During his sophomore year of high school, what did Hamper name his rather large collection of poems?

5. What was the most significant thing that acid did for Hamper?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What role did Hamper's mother play in his life?

8. How did Hamper begin to construct his life after high school? How was he alone and yet not alone during this time?

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

10. 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?

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