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

2. What tattoo did Doug, the steering gear man, have on his arm?
(a) A half-naked girl.
(b) The date he began working at GM in 1976.
(c) His wife's name in blue ink.
(d) A rodent with the word "shop-rat" above it.

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

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

5. To what did Hamper compare Dave's styled hair?
(a) An old woman's nightmare.
(b) A defective suburban.
(c) An exotic bird.
(d) The Eiffel Tower.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the subject matter of Dave and Hamper's "shopera" (pg 195)

3. Why was it difficult to get a visitor's pass for Alex, the reporter from The Wall Street Journal?

4. Why was Gino moved from his position as supervisor on the Rivet Line?

5. What was Hamper's problem with his job on the axle line?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

7. How did the men on the Rivet Line deal with the supervisor sent in to replace Gino? How was this a sign that they are powerful?

8. What kind of supervisor was Gino? How did Hamper respond to his leadership?

9. In the Epilogue, Hamper shows the conflict between his mindset as a shop-rat and his time outside the factory in therapy. How did he show this and which attitude was stronger in his mind?

10. What conversation did Hamper and his grandfather have during the family reunion? How does this fittingly illustrate the difference in their generations?

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