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

2. Why did Hamper hate the new supervisor, Calvin Moza?
(a) Moza condemned everything he had been doing the week before.
(b) Moza was cruel and hard headed.
(c) Moza could not control any of the men.
(d) Moza was not afraid to write out penalties.

3. What two different personalities did Hank exhibit?
(a) Drunkard and teetotaler.
(b) Pervert and saint.
(c) Hard worker and slacker.
(d) Quiet employee and bossy supervisor.

4. What happened when Hamper wanted to get out of his move to Pontiac
(a) GM would not let him out of a signed contract.
(b) The union representative said he would pull some strings so he could stay.
(c) He was told he'd have to see if his job would still remain in two years.
(d) He was fired immediately.

5. If a person had to wait in the chairs along the edges of the unemployment office, what did Hamper recommend that he do?
(a) Cause a scene so he'd be put at the front of the line.
(b) Put a stop on his mail delivery.
(c) Call his wife to say he'd be home the following Tuesday.
(d) Come back another day.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Hamper and Dave Steel initially bond?

2. What aggravated Hamper about his friendship with Janice?

3. What happened as the Rivet Line began to build army trucks?

4. What was Hamper's favorite way to pass time at work?

5. When did Hamper experience his last breakdown?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who did Bob-A-Lou have a crush on? What does this reveal about his character and how was he different from most of the other factory workers?

2. How did Hamper stumble onto writing? What does this say about him as a writer?

3. What kind of place was Mark's Lounge? How was this place exactly what Hamper needed?

4. What kind of relationship did Gino have with his men? Why did this lead to his eventual transfer away from the Rivet Line?

5. What new vehicle was the factory hired to build? How was this, written in Hamper's account of life, a sign of the times?

6. Hamper said that working on the Rivet Line was like being paid to flunk high school the rest of your life (pgs 185,188). How might this be true? Why is Hamper content with this lifestyle?

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

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

9. 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?

10. Hamper describes Paul Schobel's work techniques through a series of natural metaphors (pg 189). Why is this different from what might be expected? How is it humorous?

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