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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. While reading The Wall Street Journal article, what did Hamper realize?
2. What was the rationale behind the "shopera" that Dave and Hamper composed?
3. At the beginning of Chapter 10, why did Moore not want to move to San Francisco?
4. Why was Hamper familiar with Michael Moore?
5. Why did Hamper want to wear the Howie costume head?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why were Moore and Hamper summoned to appear in court? How does this scene demonstrate Hamper's chosen place in the world?
2. 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?
3. According to Hamper, why does the reading public not want to read about the working man? Is this a fair assessment?
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. 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. Describe Dave Steel.
7. What kind of supervisor was Gino? How did Hamper respond to his leadership?
8. How did Hamper stumble onto writing? What does this say about him as a writer?
9. At the beginning of Chapter 5, how did Hamper portray the employees of the Michigan Employment Security Commission? Is this a fair picture?
10. What did Mike Moore want to do his last night in Flint before he moved to San Francisco? How is this oddly fitting?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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