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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 not stay with Mother Jones when Moore was fired?
(a) He was not being paid enough money.
(b) He did not trust the new editor.
(c) He was tired of cranking out articles.
(d) He felt a great loyalty to Moore.

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

3. What distracted Hamper most from the breakdowns?
(a) Drinking alcohol.
(b) Sleeping.
(c) Talking with his girlfriend.
(d) Watching TV.

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Hamper given a $2,700 check?

2. According to Hamper in Chapter 10, why did GM not allow the NBC film crew into the factory?

3. In general terms, how did Hamper feel as he drove away from GM for the last time?

4. Why did Hamper change his mind about filming at Mark's Lounge?

5. Why was Jackson afraid of Hamper?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. How did Hamper stumble onto writing? What does this say about him as a writer?

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

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

7. "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?

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

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

10. According to Hamper, why does the reading public not want to read about the working man? Is this a fair assessment?

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