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. What was the rationale behind the "shopera" that Dave and Hamper composed?

2. As Hamper discovered late one morning, approximately how many employees did GM plan to lay off?

3. In general terms, how did Hamper feel as he drove away from GM for the last time?

4. While meeting the producer from 60 Minutes, why was Hamper nervous?

5. While visiting the factory, what did Moore really want to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. In the Epilogue, Hamper shows the conflict between his mindset as a shop-rat and his time outside the factory in therapy. How did he show this and which attitude was stronger in his mind?

5. Describe Dave Steel.

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

7. At the beginning of Chapter 5, how did Hamper portray the employees of the Michigan Employment Security Commission? Is this a fair picture?

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

9. What was one of Hamper's favorite ways to pass time at work? How is this an interesting facet of his character?

10. How did Hamper's fellow factory workers respond to the article in the Wall Street Journal? Given the tone of this part of the story, where did Hamper actually get his happiness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Hamper often describes a small section of his surroundings - his parents' couch, his workbench, Mark's Lounge - but rarely a larger scene such as the city of Flint. What does this say about the scope of his world? How often did he take in the larger scene compared to how often he was focused simply on the task ahead of him?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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