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 end of Chapter Four, where was Hamper writing the book?

2. What was the job Hamper first wanted to have?

3. What did Hamper do when people criticized him for drinking on the job?

4. Where did Lightnin' sleep during every work shift?

5. What racket did Louie have going at work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Hamper said that Same-O was quite likely the only genius he ever met at the General Motors factory (pg 66). Why did he say this?

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

5. "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?

6. 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?

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 did Hamper say about his younger siblings? How did this give the reader another glimpse of family life?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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