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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 did Hamper call his "real attraction to David Steel" (pg 98)?
(a) Dave was always cracking jokes.
(b) Dave was more cynical and gloomy than he was.
(c) Both men felt they were destined to be shoprats.
(d) Both men loved classic rock.

2. What distracted Hamper most from the breakdowns?
(a) Sleeping.
(b) Watching TV.
(c) Talking with his girlfriend.
(d) Drinking alcohol.

3. Why did Hamper want to wear the Howie costume head?
(a) He wanted to be the quantity control mascot.
(b) He wanted to prove that Howie was not real.
(c) He wanted a Halloween costume.
(d) He wanted to prove he could break into any locked room.

4. Why did Hamper begin writing?
(a) He wanted to tell his story.
(b) He was hoping to move out of the factory into publishing.
(c) His sister thought he would have a lot of success as a writer.
(d) He was unemployed again and bored.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was it difficult to get a visitor's pass for Alex, the reporter from The Wall Street Journal?

2. How was Paul injured on the Rivet Line?

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

4. If a person had to wait in the chairs along the edges of the unemployment office, what did Hamper recommend that he do?

5. To what does Hamper compare his factory job?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe Dave Steel.

3. 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?

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 difficulty did Hamper run into as he tried to get a visitor's pass for Alex Kotlowitz, the reporter from the Wall Street Journal? How does this difficulty illustrate the vast difference between the factory worker and the corporate man, even within the same company?

6. At the beginning of Chapter 5, how did Hamper portray the employees of the Michigan Employment Security Commission? Is this a fair picture?

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

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

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

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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