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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 grow up in a neighborhood of houses that all look alike?

2. During his sophomore year of high school, what did Hamper name his rather large collection of poems?

3. What two classes did Hamper pass in junior high?

4. What was the routine when Joanie visited Hamper's house?

5. What car part did Hamper's father install at the factory?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. How is Hamper's portrayal of his mother pathetic at times? Is it a fair character description?

9. At the end of Chapter 4, Hamper reveals his place in the present time and lets the reader know that the events took place some nine years before he wrote about them. What effect does this have on the reader's perception of the book?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role did the time clock play in Hamper's life? How did it become his worst enemy?

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

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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