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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 Hamper's favorite way to pass time at work?
(a) Laugh at Hank's obvious personality swings.
(b) Chain-smoke Chestertons and get drunk.
(c) Play pranks on the men around him.
(d) Pretend his job was an Olympic event.

2. What did Hamper do during his vacation?
(a) Went to Chicago because he'd never been there before.
(b) Slept in and drank beer.
(c) Went to San Francisco to visit Moore.
(d) Promoted his cover story for Mother Jones.

3. What was Dave's attitude toward humanity?
(a) He ignored people.
(b) He liked people only if they benefited him directly.
(c) He disliked everyone, often including Hamper.
(d) He was sociable and outgoing.

4. What did Howie do when he began touring the factory again?
(a) Inspired confidence like he had done before.
(b) Walked slowly and did not interact with the employees.
(c) Bounded around to check the quality of people's work.
(d) Became the butt of everyone's jokes.

5. Why did Hamper sign the transfer paper to move to Pontiac?
(a) He thought it would be a good career move.
(b) The union did not give him any choice.
(c) He would have been fired immediately if he did not.
(d) Otherwise he would have been out of a job within two years.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What was Hamper and Jerry's scheme for getting extra hours (pg 149)?

4. Why does Hamper want to avoid his grandfather at the family reunion?

5. While meeting the producer from 60 Minutes, why was Hamper nervous?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. Describe Dave Steel.

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

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

7. What was the purpose of Hamper's food matching game (pgs 78-79)? What effect does the game have to the writing of this scene?

8. What was Hamper's reaction to the news that Louise Mandrell had ordered a GM Suburban? How does this fit what the reader already knows about Hamper's personality?

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

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

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