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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. What was the routine when Joanie visited Hamper's house?
(a) They would feed his siblings and do homework.
(b) They would feed his siblings and make love in the living room.
(c) They would feed his siblings and drop acid.
(d) They would ignore his siblings and make love in the living room.

2. What was Hamper's opinion of coffee?
(a) Good but not strong enough.
(b) Just as good as beer.
(c) Terrible stuff.
(d) Only one cup a day.

3. When did Hamper's great-grandfather begin working in the car factory?
(a) 1910.
(b) 1930.
(c) 1905.
(d) 1925.

4. What did Franklin write on napkins and bits of paper?
(a) Poetry.
(b) Magazine articles.
(c) Hate letters.
(d) Bible verses.

5. How did management generally run the factory?
(a) Follow the letter of the law but not necessarily the spirit.
(b) Any employee who's a favorite can do whatever he wants.
(c) Hear no evil, see no evil.
(d) Every rule must be followed completely.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Hamper's mom hope he'd do once he finished high school?

2. During his first stint at GM, what part of the cars did Hamper work on?

3. When Hamper moved into his mother's basement, what did he think would save his marriage to Joanie?

4. How much money did Hamper make painting apartments?

5. What happened one day when Hamper left journalism class on drugs?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What story does Hamper tell involving Lesley Gore's music? How does this story show that Hamper, if only for an hour and twelve minutes, transcended the shop-rat mindset?

3. At the end of Chapter 1, what did Hamper reveal about his hopes for the future? What insight did he show about the past?

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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