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

2. What was the subject matter of Dave and Hamper's "shopera" (pg 195)
(a) A shop-rat's life.
(b) Their lives outside the factory walls.
(c) The imagined lives of their supervisors.
(d) Assembly line labor.

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

4. What nearby bar did Hamper and his coworkers often go to after work?
(a) Nick's Pub.
(b) Jerry's Bar.
(c) Mark's Lounge.
(d) Andy's Tavern.

5. If a person had to wait in the chairs along the edges of the unemployment office, what did Hamper recommend that he do?
(a) Put a stop on his mail delivery.
(b) Come back another day.
(c) Cause a scene so he'd be put at the front of the line.
(d) Call his wife to say he'd be home the following Tuesday.

Short Answer Questions

1. While visiting the factory, what did Moore really want to do?

2. Why does Hamper want to avoid his grandfather at the family reunion?

3. How did Hamper's supervisor feel when he needed to leave work early because of his breakdown?

4. Why did Hamper cringe at the idea of Bob-A-Lou in love with the cafeteria cashier?

5. After four months on the Rivet Line, how did Hamper feel?

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. "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?

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

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

5. 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?

6. Describe Dave Steel.

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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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