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 was it difficult to get a visitor's pass for Alex, the reporter from The Wall Street Journal?

2. What job did Jan, Hamper's second wife, have?

3. How did Hamper and Dave Steel initially bond?

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

5. Who was the first person to call Hamper after The Wall Street Journal article was printed?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. By the time Janice moved to a different area of the factory, how had she changed? How is this different from what might be expected of a woman working that job?

4. Describe Dave Steel.

5. How did Hamper's fellow factory workers respond to the article in the Wall Street Journal? Given the tone of this part of the story, where did Hamper actually get his happiness?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role did the time clock play in Hamper's life? How did it become his worst enemy?

Essay Topic 2

How did Roy's crackup prefigure Hamper's own mental breakdown? What role did Hamper play on Roy's story, and how did Roy's compare to his own?

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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