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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. According to Hamper, what percentage of Flint was linked to the auto factories?

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

3. At the beginning of Chapter Two, what religiously-loaded term did Hamper use to describe Flint?

4. How did Hamper's maternal grandfather live?

5. What was the trickiest part of doubling-up, as Hamper and Dale did?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How did Hamper's stories about life after high school reveal the time period in which they were written? What clues did he give by telling how much things cost?

3. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

8. What religious background did Hamper have during his childhood? How did religion shape his move into adulthood?

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

What role did the time clock play in Hamper's life? How did it become his worst enemy?

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