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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. When Hamper was a child, why were his friends amused by his dad?
(a) Because his dad told good stories.
(b) Because their dads were sober and hard-working.
(c) Because his dad always gave them an allowance too.
(d) Because his dad loved to entertain kids.

2. Why was Robert often angry when he got his check?
(a) Half the check went to pay his wife's expensive clothes.
(b) Most of it went to child support.
(c) He wasn't getting paid what he thought he was worth.
(d) Most of it went to pay for the college education he wasn't using.

3. How long was Hamper given to learn his job?
(a) One day.
(b) Three days.
(c) One week.
(d) Two day.

4. Why, primarily, did GM management not crack down on the employees' drinking during work?
(a) As long as production continued, they didn't care.
(b) Management drank as much at work as the shop-rats did.
(c) Management did not realize the employees were drinking at work.
(d) It was too much work to police every employee.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How long did Hamper work before being laid off for the first time?

2. What machine did Hamper operate in the Cab Shop?

3. Where did Lightnin' sleep during every work shift?

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

5. What did Hamper do when people criticized him for drinking on the job?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. What religious background did Hamper have during his childhood? How did religion shape his move into adulthood?

9. At the end of Chapter 4, Hamper reveals his place in the present time and lets the reader know that the events took place some nine years before he wrote about them. What effect does this have on the reader's perception of the book?

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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