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

2. What was the supervisor's reaction when Hamper and Paul doubled up their jobs?
(a) He just didn't want to know where they went.
(b) He didn't care as long as the work was getting done.
(c) He told them to stop doubling up or he'd move one of them off the Rivet Line.
(d) He did not know they left.

3. Why was it difficult to get a visitor's pass for Alex, the reporter from The Wall Street Journal?
(a) The request took two weeks to process.
(b) Hamper's supervisor didn't want to give approval for the visit.
(c) No one knew where Hamper should go to request it.
(d) Every department said their hands were tied.

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

5. At the beginning of the Epilogue, what sport was Hamper playing?
(a) Golf.
(b) Croquet.
(c) Basketball.
(d) Miniature golf.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Hamper not stay with Mother Jones when Moore was fired?

2. Why was Moore fired from Mother Jones?

3. As Hamper discovered late one morning, approximately how many employees did GM plan to lay off?

4. When did Hamper experience his last breakdown?

5. What tattoo did Doug, the steering gear man, have on his arm?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What did Hamper think when Janice came to work on the Rivet Line? How was his reaction different from the men around him and how might this be surprising?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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