Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line Test | Final 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. To what does Hamper compare his factory job?

2. What job did Jan, Hamper's second wife, have?

3. What activity did Hamper want to do with Roger Smith, the company president?

4. Why did Hamper not want to write about being a shop-rat, in an article for the Flint Voice?

5. Why was Hamper proud to build a suburban for the celebrity Louise Mandrell?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the purpose of Hamper's food matching game (pgs 78-79)? What effect does the game have to the writing of this scene?

4. Describe Dave Steel.

5. 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?

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

7. What did Mike Moore want to do his last night in Flint before he moved to San Francisco? How is this oddly fitting?

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

9. By the time Janice moved to a different area of the factory, how had she changed? How is this different from what might be expected of a woman working that job?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hamper often uses short sentences comprised of a couple nouns and no verbs. What is the effect of these sentences to the reader? Do they propel or slow the flow of the story?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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