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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. How many siblings did Joanie have?
3. What did Hamper think was Dan-O's most amusing prank?
4. Why did absenteeism increase greatly on Fridays?
5. What was Glen's dream job?
Short Essay Questions
1. What system did Dale and Hamper rig up at work? How did this again change Hamper's attitude toward his job?
2. How did Hamper begin to construct his life after high school? How was he alone and yet not alone during this time?
3. Hamper ends Chapter 3 with the sentence, "The money was right, even if we weren't" (pg 43). What does this mean?
4. 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?
5. Who or what was Hamper's greatest enemy at work? How did he use his new attitude about work to combat the enemy?
6. 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?
7. At the end of Chapter 1, what did Hamper reveal about his hopes for the future? What insight did he show about the past?
8. What did Hamper say about his younger siblings? How did this give the reader another glimpse of family life?
9. How did Hamper's marriage to Joanie end? Given his tone in the writing, what do you think his attitude was during this time?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When did Hamper's job as a riveter because an identity as the Rivethead? How did he live out this identity? What impact did it have for his future?
Essay Topic 2
How did Hamper's writing career begin? What was the progression?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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