Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why, primarily, did GM management not crack down on the employees' drinking during work?

2. What was the trickiest part of doubling-up, as Hamper and Dale did?

3. What was Glen's dream job?

4. How many siblings did Joanie have?

5. During his first day of work, before he learned Roy's name, what nickname did Hamper give him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of a person was Franklin? How was his personality different than expected? How did he act as a sort of prototype for Hamper's own life?

2. Hamper said that Same-O was quite likely the only genius he ever met at the General Motors factory (pg 66). Why did he say this?

3. When did the GM assembly line begin to look like an attractive option to Hamper? How did this demonstrate a change in Hamper's thinking?

4. What stories does Hamper tell about Dan-O? What do these stories add to the reader's impression of the factory?

5. What kind of person was Joanie? Use Hamper's references to her to create a character description.

6. To what does Hamper attribute his success at the beginning of high school? How does this fit into his plans for his life?

7. What system did Dale and Hamper rig up at work? How did this again change Hamper's attitude toward his job?

8. What do Hamper's stories about high school revolve around? How does this show that he was giving in to the nuns' perception of him that began in junior high?

9. How did Hamper begin to construct his life after high school? How was he alone and yet not alone during this time?

10. What religious background did Hamper have during his childhood? How did religion shape his move into adulthood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why did Hamper always remember the man who came late for the GM work call, the first time he worked at the factory (pg 32)? How might his thoughts about the incident have changed as he moved in and out of GM?

Essay Topic 2

As seen in several examples throughout the book, how did General Motors treat their employees? How did Hamper's stories shed an honest light on the company?

Essay Topic 3

There is very little, if any, symbolism in the book Rivethead. What is the effect of a literal story? How does this method fit the subject matter?

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