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 two different personalities did Hank exhibit?

2. To what did Hamper compare Dave's styled hair?

3. While reading The Wall Street Journal article, what did Hamper realize?

4. To what does Hamper compare his factory job?

5. When was Hamper asked for an autograph by an ambitious husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What difficulty did Hamper run into as he tried to get a visitor's pass for Alex Kotlowitz, the reporter from the Wall Street Journal? How does this difficulty illustrate the vast difference between the factory worker and the corporate man, even within the same company?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

How many women were involved in Hamper's life and what roles did they play? As seen by his relationships with Joanie and Janice, what were his attitudes toward women?

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