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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. What was the primary reason that Henry Jackson, the supervisor, hated Dave?
(a) They had been competitive with each other since high school.
(b) Dave was more intelligent than Henry.
(c) Dave wanted his job.
(d) Dave was not afraid to stand up to him.

2. Why was Hamper given a $2,700 check?
(a) Bonus for restarting his job at GM.
(b) Bonus from a bill Jimmy Carter had put through.
(c) Disability payment because he had injured his back at work.
(d) Incentive to come back to work at GM, since he was already trained.

3. What was Hamper's advice for working thirty years in the factory?
(a) Drink enough that you stop caring.
(b) Set personal goals and try move into management.
(c) Try beat the clock.
(d) Stop thinking.

4. When Hamper is contacted by The Wall Street Journal, what does his boss Gino call the paper?
(a) The Water Journal.
(b) The Walleye Journal.
(c) Harper's Bazaar.
(d) The Walling Journal.

5. What was the compromise that allowed Alex into the factory?
(a) He could stay near the Rivet Line, where Hamper worked, but nowhere else.
(b) He could only interview five people.
(c) A corporate assistant had to be present whenever he interviewed a member of management.
(d) He could be in the factory for two hours.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Hamper sign the transfer paper to move to Pontiac?

2. What did Hamper do during his vacation?

3. What was the goal of rivet hockey?

4. What victory did Hamper enjoy, though the Olympic gold medal wasn't real?

5. At the beginning of Chapter Six, as Hamper explains, what do the rednecks on the Rivet Line collect?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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