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

2. What activity did Hamper want to do with Roger Smith, the company president?
(a) Hike.
(b) Bowl.
(c) Drink beer.
(d) Golf.

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

4. When was Hamper asked for an autograph by an ambitious husband?
(a) When he was hitting rivets during his last shif.
(b) As he was getting into his car to leave the factory.
(c) When he was leaving the factory for the last time.
(d) As he was driving to his mental health group.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How much time passed between Hamper's first breakdown and his second?

2. Why did Polson, another shop-rat, become angry at Hamper?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 10, why did Moore not want to move to San Francisco?

4. What did Hamper find most irritating about the message board?

5. What was the goal of rivet hockey?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. "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?

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

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. 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?

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. 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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