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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 did Howie do when he began touring the factory again?
2. As Hamper begins Chapter Five, what does he think is the worst part of unemployment?
3. What was Hamper's favorite way to pass time at work?
4. How did Hamper and Dave Steel initially bond?
5. What did Hamper do during his vacation?
Short Essay Questions
1. During and after his first panic attack, what did Hamper realize about himself?
2. Describe Dave Steel.
3. At the beginning of Chapter 5, how did Hamper portray the employees of the Michigan Employment Security Commission? Is this a fair picture?
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. "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?
7. 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?
8. How did Hamper stumble onto writing? What does this say about him as a writer?
9. 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?
10. What was Hamper's opinion of the Flint Voice when he first read it? What expectations does this create in the reader's mind?
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
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 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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