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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. At the beginning of the Epilogue, what sport was Hamper playing?
(a) Croquet.
(b) Golf.
(c) Miniature golf.
(d) Basketball.

2. Who did Bob-A-Lou marry?
(a) A woman who worked in the Finishing Line at GM.
(b) The cafeteria cashier.
(c) Hamper's cousin.
(d) A woman in the Philippines.

3. How was Paul injured on the Rivet Line?
(a) He sliced his arm to the bone.
(b) He tore the tendons and arteries in his right wrist.
(c) He dropped the skid plate on his foot.
(d) He tore the arteries in his left wrist.

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) He was fired immediately.
(c) The union representative said he would pull some strings so he could stay.
(d) He was told he'd have to see if his job would still remain in two years.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Hamper's advice for working thirty years in the factory?

2. To what does Hamper compare his factory job?

3. How much money would Hamper make writing articles for Mother Jones?

4. What two different personalities did Hank exhibit?

5. What was the rationale behind the "shopera" that Dave and Hamper composed?

Short Essay Questions

1. During and after his first panic attack, what did Hamper realize about himself?

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

3. What was Hamper's opinion of the Flint Voice when he first read it? What expectations does this create in the reader's mind?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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