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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 did GM not hire Hamper when he wanted to apply?

2. At the beginning of Chapter Two, what religiously-loaded term did Hamper use to describe Flint?

3. How did the assembly-line workers originally run their radio?

4. What racket did Louie have going at work?

5. What motivated Hamper to make the honor roll during his freshmen year of high school?

Short Essay Questions

1. "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?

2. How does Hamper describe the Cab Shop the first time he goes there? What about the description is the most informative about the scene?

3. Why were Moore and Hamper summoned to appear in court? How does this scene demonstrate Hamper's chosen place in the world?

4. When Hamper tells the story of people who disagree with the shop-rats' drinking, he writes much of the story in capital letters. What literary effect does this visual change have on the story?

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

6. 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?

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

8. Why is Hamper's description of Flint, Michigan, at the beginning of Chapter 2, a powerful one?

9. What story does Hamper tell involving Lesley Gore's music? How does this story show that Hamper, if only for an hour and twelve minutes, transcended the shop-rat mindset?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Hamper's writing career begin? What was the progression?

Essay Topic 2

How was Hamper involved in writing throughout the course of his life? How did his attitude toward it change?

Essay Topic 3

What makes a good autobiography? Does Hamper's book fulfill those requirements? What are the pros and cons of a fictionalized life compared to an autobiography?

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