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. What motivated Hamper to make the honor roll during his freshmen year of high school?

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

3. How did the assembly-line workers originally run their radio?

4. During his first stint at GM, what part of the cars did Hamper work on?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. "I'm thinking that rock stars, even dead ones, don't come cheap" (pg xix). In the context of the Prologue, what does this quote mean?

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

3. How was Hamper's father an anomaly among fathers? Even at a young age, what was Hamper's opinion of him? How might this affect his own development in the future?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. What role did Hamper's mother play in his life?

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

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

"My old man abhorred the truth. It was like some horrible, foreign diction that ripped at his core" (pg 4). What truth is Hamper referring to? As demonstrated by his own life, what was his reaction to the same truth?

Essay Topic 3

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

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