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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, primarily, did GM management not crack down on the employees' drinking during work?
2. How much time was required for an employee to secure his job at GM?
3. What happened when Hamper was called in to see the guidance counselor at school?
4. How did Hamper and Joanie overcome their initial shyness toward each other?
5. Why did Jack take a sledgehammer to the cigarette machine?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did poetry temporarily draw Hamper out of his slide toward the factory? How might this have paved the way for more writing in the future?
2. Why is Hamper's description of Flint, Michigan, at the beginning of Chapter 2, a powerful one?
3. What religious background did Hamper have during his childhood? How did religion shape his move into adulthood?
4. How did Hamper begin to construct his life after high school? How was he alone and yet not alone during this time?
5. What kind of person was Joanie? Use Hamper's references to her to create a character description.
6. To what does Hamper attribute his success at the beginning of high school? How does this fit into his plans for his life?
7. What system did Dale and Hamper rig up at work? How did this again change Hamper's attitude toward his job?
8. At the end of Chapter 1, what did Hamper reveal about his hopes for the future? What insight did he show about the past?
9. Hamper ends Chapter 3 with the sentence, "The money was right, even if we weren't" (pg 43). What does this mean?
10. Who were Lightnin' and Same-O? What did their lives say about Hamper's future?
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
Why did Hamper always remember the man who came late for the GM work call, the first time he worked at the factory (pg 32)? How might his thoughts about the incident have changed as he moved in and out of GM?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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