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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 happened as the Rivet Line began to build army trucks?
(a) The trucks took less time to build than the suburbans did.
(b) The men learned very slowly how to build the trucks.
(c) The trucks took twice as long to build as the regular suburbans.
(d) They were constantly missing pieces.

2. How much money would Hamper make writing articles for Mother Jones?
(a) $2 per word.
(b) $4000 per year.
(c) $850 per article.
(d) $100 per article.

3. Why was Hamper proud to build a suburban for the celebrity Louise Mandrell?
(a) He wanted to make her suburban special.
(b) He hoped to meet her one day.
(c) He adored her music.
(d) He had never known who bought the vehicles he built.

4. How did Hamper prepare for his interview for the Mother Jones cover story?
(a) Ate a big dinner and slept eight hours.
(b) Reviewed the articles he had written in the past year.
(c) Got a haircut and shave at a barbershop.
(d) Stayed up all night and got drunk.

5. What victory did Hamper enjoy, though the Olympic gold medal wasn't real?
(a) He was the fastest worker on the Rivet Line.
(b) He had beaten a personal record for one truck.
(c) He was working ahead so that he could take a break.
(d) The clock hand moved a couple more minutes.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why was Hamper familiar with Michael Moore?

3. When the Good Times Lounge sued Hamper, how much money did the owner want?

4. Why was Jackson afraid of Hamper?

5. What was Hamper's problem with his job on the axle line?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Hamper's opinion of the Flint Voice when he first read it? What expectations does this create in the reader's mind?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

7. Describe Dave Steel.

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

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

10. 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?

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