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 beginning of Chapter Four, when Hamper and Bob-A-Lou went to the "State of the Factory" address, what were they given?

2. How many siblings did Joanie have?

3. When a would-be employee arrived late and was rejected, what did he do?

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

5. What motivated Hamper to make the honor roll during his freshmen year of high school?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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 promises did the Plant Manager make during the factory meeting? How did Hamper's retelling of the speech change its tone?

7. Why did General Motors become concerned with the quality of their vehicles? Given Hamper's tone while telling this story, what was his response?

8. What was Hamper's opinion of the Flint Voice when he first read it? What expectations does this create in the reader's mind?

9. Why were Moore and Hamper summoned to appear in court? How does this scene demonstrate Hamper's chosen place in the world?

10. What kind of relationship did Gino have with his men? Why did this lead to his eventual transfer away from the Rivet Line?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How was Hamper involved in writing throughout the course of his life? How did his attitude toward it change?

Essay Topic 2

When did Hamper's job as a riveter because an identity as the Rivethead? How did he live out this identity? What impact did it have for his future?

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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