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 happened when Hamper wanted to get out of his move to Pontiac

2. What did Hamper remember about his interview for the Mother Jones cover story?

3. Why did Hamper begin writing?

4. Why was Hamper familiar with Michael Moore?

5. Why did Hamper not stay with Mother Jones when Moore was fired?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. "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?

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

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

7. 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?

8. What kind of place was Mark's Lounge? How was this place exactly what Hamper needed?

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

10. 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?

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

What makes a good autobiography? Does Hamper's book fulfill those requirements? What are the pros and cons of a fictionalized life compared to an autobiography?

Essay Topic 3

"Layin' back is a fine reward when you're employed. However, layin' back tends to wear thin when it itself becomes your job. Gettin' loaded, readin' magazines, staring at the television becomes a rut rather than any form of relaxation" (pg 83). How is this true? What part did unemployment play in Hamper's life? How did it change his opinion about working?

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