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

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

3. What two different personalities did Hank exhibit?
(a) Hard worker and slacker.
(b) Quiet employee and bossy supervisor.
(c) Pervert and saint.
(d) Drunkard and teetotaler.

4. What was the primary reason that Henry Jackson, the supervisor, hated Dave?
(a) Dave was not afraid to stand up to him.
(b) Dave was more intelligent than Henry.
(c) Dave wanted his job.
(d) They had been competitive with each other since high school.

5. What happened to the man who tried to kill his coworker?
(a) He was charged with attempted murder but not convicted.
(b) He was written up.
(c) He was fired immediately.
(d) He was suspended for two weeks.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Hamper experience his last breakdown?

2. What did Hamper remember about his interview for the Mother Jones cover story?

3. Why did Ronny volunteer Hamper and himself for the tailgate buildup job?

4. When was Hamper asked for an autograph by an ambitious husband?

5. Why was the Good Times Lounge lawsuit dropped?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Mike Moore want to do his last night in Flint before he moved to San Francisco? How is this oddly fitting?

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. "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?

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

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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