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 did Hamper's dad yell at him for his bad grades?

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

3. What job did Hamper get after he quit painting?

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

5. At the factory, when was the most popular time to drink?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Hamper's marriage to Joanie end? Given his tone in the writing, what do you think his attitude was during this time?

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. How did Hamper's stories about life after high school reveal the time period in which they were written? What clues did he give by telling how much things cost?

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. What pattern emerged in junior-high that led Hamper to consider the life of a shop-rat? How did he begin to identify with his family who had worked in the factory?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is the effect of Hamper's family tree as the reader moves through the book? Why would he give such detail about his extended family work history?

Essay Topic 3

How did Roy's crackup prefigure Hamper's own mental breakdown? What role did Hamper play on Roy's story, and how did Roy's compare to his own?

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