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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 problem with his job on the axle line?
(a) He was too short.
(b) He could not figure out the progression.
(c) He was not strong enough.
(d) He thought he should not work first shift.

2. What aggravated Hamper about his friendship with Janice?
(a) She insisted that she could do everything a man could.
(b) She wanted to hide their friendship from her husband.
(c) She acted too differently from the male employees.
(d) Their coworkers assumed they were sleeping together.

3. Why did Hamper cringe at the idea of Bob-A-Lou in love with the cafeteria cashier?
(a) He thought Bob-A-Lou could do better than her.
(b) The cashier was slutty and Bob-A-Lou was a hopeless romantic.
(c) He was hoping to set Bob-A-Lou up with his cousin.
(d) Bob-A-Lou was too jaded for the sweet cashier.

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

5. As Hamper discovered late one morning, approximately how many employees did GM plan to lay off?
(a) 30,000.
(b) 7500.
(c) 20,000.
(d) 3000.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Hamper refuse to enroll in an outpatient mental health center?

2. What nearby bar did Hamper and his coworkers often go to after work?

3. At the beginning of the Epilogue, what sport was Hamper playing?

4. Why did Hamper take a long time learning his job on the Rivet Line?

5. What was the subject matter of Dave and Hamper's "shopera" (pg 195)

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. How did Hamper stumble onto writing? What does this say about him as a writer?

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

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

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