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

2. What did Hamper find most irritating about the message board?
(a) He could not read one message before it changed to the next.
(b) It only told him uninteresting stuff he already knew.
(c) It was directly in his line of vision.
(d) It flashed a shade of orange that he hated.

3. Why did Polson, another shop-rat, become angry at Hamper?
(a) Polson could not stand Hamper's pranks at work.
(b) Hamper was trying to get a manager position over Polson.
(c) Hamper had written a disparaging article about deer hunting.
(d) Hamper had written an angry article about the Rivet Line.

4. What was the rationale behind the "shopera" that Dave and Hamper composed?
(a) Shop-rats have artistic talents rather than mere job skills.
(b) They deserved to be heard as much as anyone else.
(c) Shop-rats, rather than rock stars, should sing about the tough life.
(d) They wanted to inspire the next generation of blue collar workers.

5. Why did Hamper think that Moore's car would be destroyed at the GM factory?
(a) Moore drove a Honda.
(b) Moore drove a Chevy.
(c) The factory workers were eager for a fight.
(d) White collar professionals were not treated kindly at the factory.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Hamper experience his last breakdown?

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

3. What did Howie do when he began touring the factory again?

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

5. Paul took over Janice's job on the Rivet Line; where had he worked before?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dave Steel.

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

3. Why did General Motors become concerned with the quality of their vehicles? Given Hamper's tone while telling this story, what was his response?

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

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

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 did Hamper think when Janice came to work on the Rivet Line? How was his reaction different from the men around him and how might this be surprising?

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

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

10. 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?

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