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. Approximately how long was Hamper unemployed before being called back to work?

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

3. What was Hamper's problem with his job on the axle line?

4. What was the supervisor's reaction when Hamper and Paul doubled up their jobs?

5. What happened as the Rivet Line began to build army trucks?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. Who did Bob-A-Lou have a crush on? What does this reveal about his character and how was he different from most of the other factory workers?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 5, Hamper recounts the behaviors and antics of several of his coworkers. What makes these stories funny? How does Hamper choose words and phrases to emphasize the humor of the stories?

Essay Topic 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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