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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. Why did Hamper's dad yell at him for his bad grades?
(a) He wanted his wife to be proud of all their kids.
(b) Education was important to him.
(c) He cared about achieving more and looking better than the neighbors.
(d) He wanted his son to avoid the life of a factory worker.

2. Oftentimes, when was a woman placed on the assembly line?
(a) Whenever she wanted because there was no gender difference.
(b) When the previous two workers had been seen doubling up their tasks.
(c) When management had no one else to do the job.
(d) When the work was easy.

3. What was the most significant thing that acid did for Hamper?
(a) Destroyed reality.
(b) Turned everything purple.
(c) Made him happy.
(d) Gave him a bad attitude.

4. Why did Hamper fight the career trend toward the GM factory?
(a) He wanted to spite Joanie by staying lazy and poor.
(b) He had bigger dreams than the factory.
(c) He didn't want to do anything the way his father had.
(d) He'd known since tenth grade that he would work there.

5. When did GM schedule an applicant for a physical?
(a) When they planned to put him to work immediately.
(b) When the application had been processed.
(c) When the applicant didn't look healthy.
(d) When the applicant's background check showed drug involvement.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the factory, when was the most popular time to drink?

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

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

4. Why did Roy smoke pot during his lunch breaks?

5. What did Hamper hate more than anything?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. What did Hamper say about his younger siblings? How did this give the reader another glimpse of family life?

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