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. How many siblings did Joanie have?

2. What job did Dale hold during the first part of his day?

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

4. Why did Jack take a sledgehammer to the cigarette machine?

5. As Hamper began high school, what was his only plan for his life?

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. How did Hamper stumble onto writing? What does this say about him as a writer?

3. What difficulty did Hamper run into as he tried to get a visitor's pass for Alex Kotlowitz, the reporter from the Wall Street Journal? How does this difficulty illustrate the vast difference between the factory worker and the corporate man, even within the same company?

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

5. How does Hamper describe the Cab Shop the first time he goes there? What about the description is the most informative about the scene?

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

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

8. 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?

9. What conversation did Hamper and his grandfather have during the family reunion? How does this fittingly illustrate the difference in their generations?

10. Hamper describes Paul Schobel's work techniques through a series of natural metaphors (pg 189). Why is this different from what might be expected? How is it humorous?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

There is very little, if any, symbolism in the book Rivethead. What is the effect of a literal story? How does this method fit the subject matter?

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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