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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) Pretend his job was an Olympic event.
(b) Play pranks on the men around him.
(c) Laugh at Hank's obvious personality swings.
(d) Chain-smoke Chestertons and get drunk.

2. In pretending that he's competing in the Olympics, who are his opponents?
(a) Brazilians.
(b) Japanese.
(c) Germans.
(d) Chinese.

3. Approximately how long was Hamper unemployed before being called back to work?
(a) Six months.
(b) Nine months.
(c) Three months.
(d) A year.

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

5. What happened when Hamper wanted to get out of his move to Pontiac
(a) He was fired immediately.
(b) GM would not let him out of a signed contract.
(c) He was told he'd have to see if his job would still remain in two years.
(d) The union representative said he would pull some strings so he could stay.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Dave's attitude toward humanity?

2. Paul took over Janice's job on the Rivet Line; where had he worked before?

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

4. What activity did Hamper want to do with Roger Smith, the company president?

5. Why was Moore fired from Mother Jones?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What arrangement did Paul and Hamper scheme up at work? How did Hamper justify this, even to the point of making it appear right?

5. 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?

6. Hamper describes Paul Schobel's work techniques through a series of natural metaphors (pg 189). Why is this different from what might be expected? How is it humorous?

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

8. 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?

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

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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