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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 not stay with Mother Jones when Moore was fired?
(a) He was not being paid enough money.
(b) He was tired of cranking out articles.
(c) He did not trust the new editor.
(d) He felt a great loyalty to Moore.

2. What happened as the Rivet Line began to build army trucks?
(a) They were constantly missing pieces.
(b) The trucks took twice as long to build as the regular suburbans.
(c) The trucks took less time to build than the suburbans did.
(d) The men learned very slowly how to build the trucks.

3. When did Hamper experience his last breakdown?
(a) June 1990.
(b) April 1988.
(c) February 1992.
(d) November 1995.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why was Jackson afraid of Hamper?

4. What was the compromise that allowed Alex into the factory?

5. While reading The Wall Street Journal article, what did Hamper realize?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. Describe Dave Steel.

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

7. 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?

8. By the time Janice moved to a different area of the factory, how had she changed? How is this different from what might be expected of a woman working that job?

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

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

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