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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 never beat his dad up when he was being lectured?

2. What did Franklin write on napkins and bits of paper?

3. As told in Chapter Four, how much money did Hamper make while working at the factory?

4. As Brown hung around in the Cab Shop, what did he do?

5. How many siblings did Joanie have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who or what was Hamper's greatest enemy at work? How did he use his new attitude about work to combat the enemy?

2. 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?

3. What system did Dale and Hamper rig up at work? How did this again change Hamper's attitude toward his job?

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

5. According to Hamper, why does the reading public not want to read about the working man? Is this a fair assessment?

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

7. At the beginning of Chapter 5, how did Hamper portray the employees of the Michigan Employment Security Commission? Is this a fair picture?

8. What new vehicle was the factory hired to build? How was this, written in Hamper's account of life, a sign of the times?

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

10. During and after his first panic attack, what did Hamper realize about himself?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance in Hamper's descriptions of his parents? He never says "Mom" or "Dad," only "my mother" or "my father." What unusual formality does this lend to his story?

Essay Topic 2

How many women were involved in Hamper's life and what roles did they play? As seen by his relationships with Joanie and Janice, what were his attitudes toward women?

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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