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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. How did Hamper prepare for his interview for the Mother Jones cover story?
(a) Got a haircut and shave at a barbershop.
(b) Stayed up all night and got drunk.
(c) Reviewed the articles he had written in the past year.
(d) Ate a big dinner and slept eight hours.

2. How did Hamper and Dave Steel initially bond?
(a) They worked next to each other on the assembly line.
(b) Hamper asked Dave why he stood up to the supervisor.
(c) Hamper invited Dave for a drink.
(d) Over Hamper's article that rock music was dead.

3. What two different personalities did Hank exhibit?
(a) Pervert and saint.
(b) Hard worker and slacker.
(c) Drunkard and teetotaler.
(d) Quiet employee and bossy supervisor.

4. Why did Hamper not want to write about being a shop-rat, in an article for the Flint Voice?
(a) He thought it would be too much work.
(b) He wanted to pretend work was better than it actually was.
(c) He thought the topic was boring.
(d) He did not want his coworkers to be offended.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the plot line of the movie Dave and Hamper planned to film?

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

3. Why did Hamper begin writing?

4. When Hamper had to go into corporate offices to request Alex's visitor pass, why was he nervous?

5. What happened to the man who tried to kill his coworker?

Short Essay Questions

1. What new vehicle was the factory hired to build? How was this, written in Hamper's account of life, a sign of the times?

2. "It wasn't every afternoon that I received long-distance phone call from folks at the Wall Street Journal. I didn't remember having any friends who worked there and I was certain that I didn't owe these people any money (pg 171). What do these two sentences reveal about Hamper's character?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. Who did Bob-A-Lou have a crush on? What does this reveal about his character and how was he different from most of the other factory workers?

9. 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?

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

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