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

2. What was the plot line of the movie Dave and Hamper planned to film?
(a) A day in the life of a shop-rat.
(b) The deaths of several supervisors.
(c) The factory as it would stand in one hundred years.
(d) The history of the car assembly line.

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

4. What was the compromise that allowed Alex into the factory?
(a) He could only interview five people.
(b) He could stay near the Rivet Line, where Hamper worked, but nowhere else.
(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.

5. While visiting the factory, what did Moore really want to do?
(a) Drink a beer with the guys.
(b) Talk to Howie Makem.
(c) Hit a couple rivets.
(d) Talk to all Hamper's coworkers.

Short Answer Questions

1. In pretending that he's competing in the Olympics, who are his opponents?

2. Who was the first person to call Hamper after The Wall Street Journal article was printed?

3. What job did Jan, Hamper's second wife, have?

4. Who did Bob-A-Lou marry?

5. Why was Hamper proud to build a suburban for the celebrity Louise Mandrell?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of supervisor was Gino? How did Hamper respond to his leadership?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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. "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?

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

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