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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 Ronny volunteer Hamper and himself for the tailgate buildup job?
(a) They'd have the ability to double-up the jobs.
(b) It was the easiest job in the Jungle.
(c) It was the only open job left.
(d) He wanted to work with Hamper.

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

3. If a person had to wait in the chairs along the edges of the unemployment office, what did Hamper recommend that he do?
(a) Call his wife to say he'd be home the following Tuesday.
(b) Come back another day.
(c) Put a stop on his mail delivery.
(d) Cause a scene so he'd be put at the front of the line.

4. How did Hamper and Dave Steel initially bond?
(a) Hamper asked Dave why he stood up to the supervisor.
(b) Hamper invited Dave for a drink.
(c) They worked next to each other on the assembly line.
(d) Over Hamper's article that rock music was dead.

5. Why did Hamper sign the transfer paper to move to Pontiac?
(a) He would have been fired immediately if he did not.
(b) The union did not give him any choice.
(c) Otherwise he would have been out of a job within two years.
(d) He thought it would be a good career move.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was the Good Times Lounge lawsuit dropped?

2. What was the goal of rivet hockey?

3. Who did Bob-A-Lou marry?

4. What was the compromise that allowed Alex into the factory?

5. Approximately how long was Hamper unemployed before being called back to work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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. 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?

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

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

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

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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