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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 does Hamper want to avoid his grandfather at the family reunion?
(a) His grandfather thinks he's his son rather than his grandson.
(b) His grandfather never worked as a shoprat so he can't understand Hamper's life.
(c) His grandfather would rail him about unemployment benefits.
(d) His grandfather thinks he needs to get another job.

2. Why did Hamper refuse to enroll in an outpatient mental health center?
(a) It would have meant drinking less.
(b) That would mean interacting with people.
(c) He did not want to just because his doctor insisted on it.
(d) He did not have the money for it at the time.

3. When the Good Times Lounge sued Hamper, how much money did the owner want?
(a) Five thousand dollars.
(b) Fifteen thousand dollars.
(c) Ten thousand dollars.
(d) No money but a written apology.

4. What did Hamper find most irritating about the message board?
(a) It only told him uninteresting stuff he already knew.
(b) He could not read one message before it changed to the next.
(c) It was directly in his line of vision.
(d) It flashed a shade of orange that he hated.

5. As Hamper discovered late one morning, approximately how many employees did GM plan to lay off?
(a) 30,000.
(b) 20,000.
(c) 7500.
(d) 3000.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Bob-A-Lou marry?

2. To what does Hamper compare his factory job?

3. Why was Moore fired from Mother Jones?

4. When did Hamper experience his last breakdown?

5. Why did Hamper hate the new supervisor, Calvin Moza?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter 5, how did Hamper portray the employees of the Michigan Employment Security Commission? Is this a fair picture?

2. How did Hamper's fellow factory workers respond to the article in the Wall Street Journal? Given the tone of this part of the story, where did Hamper actually get his happiness?

3. What did Mike Moore want to do his last night in Flint before he moved to San Francisco? How is this oddly fitting?

4. What was one of Hamper's favorite ways to pass time at work? How is this an interesting facet of his character?

5. What difficulty did Hamper run into as he tried to get a visitor's pass for Alex Kotlowitz, the reporter from the Wall Street Journal? How does this difficulty illustrate the vast difference between the factory worker and the corporate man, even within the same company?

6. According to Hamper, why does the reading public not want to read about the working man? Is this a fair assessment?

7. What arrangement did Paul and Hamper scheme up at work? How did Hamper justify this, even to the point of making it appear right?

8. Why were Moore and Hamper summoned to appear in court? How does this scene demonstrate Hamper's chosen place in the world?

9. Why did General Motors become concerned with the quality of their vehicles? Given Hamper's tone while telling this story, what was his response?

10. What did Hamper think when Janice came to work on the Rivet Line? How was his reaction different from the men around him and how might this be surprising?

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