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. How did Hamper prepare for his interview for the Mother Jones cover story?

2. Who did Bob-A-Lou marry?

3. Why does Hamper want to avoid his grandfather at the family reunion?

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

5. Why did Hamper change his mind about filming at Mark's Lounge?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of supervisor was Gino? How did Hamper respond to his leadership?

2. What arrangement did Paul and Hamper scheme up at work? How did Hamper justify this, even to the point of making it appear right?

3. What did Hamper think when Janice came to work on the Rivet Line? How was his reaction different from the men around him and how might this be surprising?

4. What was Hamper's reaction to the news that Louise Mandrell had ordered a GM Suburban? How does this fit what the reader already knows about Hamper's personality?

5. How did the men on the Rivet Line deal with the supervisor sent in to replace Gino? How was this a sign that they are powerful?

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

7. "It wasn't every afternoon that I received long-distance phone call from folks at the Wall Street Journal. I didn't remember having any friends who worked there and I was certain that I didn't owe these people any money (pg 171). What do these two sentences reveal about Hamper's character?

8. Hamper said that working on the Rivet Line was like being paid to flunk high school the rest of your life (pgs 185,188). How might this be true? Why is Hamper content with this lifestyle?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As seen in several examples throughout the book, how did General Motors treat their employees? How did Hamper's stories shed an honest light on the company?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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