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. How had Hamper imagined his father's work before he saw it?

2. When did Hamper's great-grandfather begin working in the car factory?

3. What was the most significant thing that acid did for Hamper?

4. What was the name of the new school that combined all local Catholic high schools?

5. What did Roy eventually do to his pet mouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What promises did the Plant Manager make during the factory meeting? How did Hamper's retelling of the speech change its tone?

2. At the end of Chapter 1, what did Hamper reveal about his hopes for the future? What insight did he show about the past?

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

4. How did Hamper justify his drinking at work? What was his opinion about the people who disapproved of factory workers drinking at work, and is this opinion fair?

5. 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?

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

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

8. What is Hamper's first exposure to the true culture of the Cab Shop? How did this dramatically change his attitude toward work?

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hamper often describes a small section of his surroundings - his parents' couch, his workbench, Mark's Lounge - but rarely a larger scene such as the city of Flint. What does this say about the scope of his world? How often did he take in the larger scene compared to how often he was focused simply on the task ahead of him?

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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