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. Why did Hamper hate the new supervisor, Calvin Moza?

2. At the beginning of the Epilogue, what sport was Hamper playing?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 10, why did Moore not want to move to San Francisco?

4. Why did Hamper cringe at the idea of Bob-A-Lou in love with the cafeteria cashier?

5. Why did Hamper want to wear the Howie costume head?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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 the purpose of Hamper's food matching game (pgs 78-79)? What effect does the game have to the writing of this scene?

5. Describe Dave Steel.

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

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

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

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

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

What is the effect of Hamper's family tree as the reader moves through the book? Why would he give such detail about his extended family work history?

Essay Topic 2

"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?

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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