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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. Oftentimes, when was a woman placed on the assembly line?
2. What was Hamper's first impression of the crew of men he was called in with the first day?
3. At the end of Chapter Four, where was Hamper writing the book?
4. What did Franklin write on napkins and bits of paper?
5. Why did Hamper fight the career trend toward the GM factory?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
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. At the end of Chapter 1, what did Hamper reveal about his hopes for the future? What insight did he show about the past?
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. 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?
6. How did Hamper's marriage to Joanie end? Given his tone in the writing, what do you think his attitude was during this time?
7. 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?
8. How is Hamper's portrayal of his mother pathetic at times? Is it a fair character description?
9. What religious background did Hamper have during his childhood? How did religion shape his move into adulthood?
10. Who or what was Hamper's greatest enemy at work? How did he use his new attitude about work to combat the enemy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Hamper often uses short sentences comprised of a couple nouns and no verbs. What is the effect of these sentences to the reader? Do they propel or slow the flow of the story?
Essay Topic 3
How was Hamper involved in writing throughout the course of his life? How did his attitude toward it change?
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