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. At the beginning of Chapter Three, what reason did Hamper give that Joanie was unhappy in their marriage?

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

3. Why was Hamper reinstated as a student in the school?

4. Approximately how long was Hamper's father gone?

5. Oftentimes, when was a woman placed on the assembly line?

Short Essay Questions

1. Hamper's father, though not a model of determination or reliability, often berated his son because of his poor grades. How did his cursing set the tone of their conversations about school?

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

3. 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?

4. Who were Lightnin' and Same-O? What did their lives say about Hamper's future?

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

7. Hamper ends Chapter 3 with the sentence, "The money was right, even if we weren't" (pg 43). What does this mean?

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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