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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 change his mind about filming at Mark's Lounge?
(a) The lounge burned down the night before.
(b) He had an argument with Mark and didn't want to go back.
(c) Two waitresses were attacked there the night before.
(d) The NBC producers were leery of going there.

2. Why was Hamper familiar with Michael Moore?
(a) Moore was always causing political disturbances.
(b) They had gone to high school together.
(c) Moore had worked at GM for eight years.
(d) They had discovered at a family reunion that they were second cousins.

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

4. How did Hamper's supervisor feel when he needed to leave work early because of his breakdown?
(a) The supervisor was angry at being shorthanded.
(b) The supervisor was highly concerned.
(c) The supervisor said he didn't believe Hamper.
(d) Hamper was too stressed to notice the supervisor's response.

5. 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 a Halloween costume.
(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 Hamper not stay with Mother Jones when Moore was fired?

3. When Hamper is contacted by The Wall Street Journal, what does his boss Gino call the paper?

4. If a person had to wait in the chairs along the edges of the unemployment office, what did Hamper recommend that he do?

5. Why was Gino moved from his position as supervisor on the Rivet Line?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Hamper's reaction to the news that Louise Mandrell had ordered a GM Suburban? How does this fit what the reader already knows about Hamper's personality?

3. Who did Bob-A-Lou have a crush on? What does this reveal about his character and how was he different from most of the other factory workers?

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

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

7. What was the purpose of Hamper's food matching game (pgs 78-79)? What effect does the game have to the writing of this scene?

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

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

10. How did the men on the Rivet Line deal with the supervisor sent in to replace Gino? How was this a sign that they are powerful?

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