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 refuse to enroll in an outpatient mental health center?

2. At the beginning of Chapter Six, as Hamper explains, what do the rednecks on the Rivet Line collect?

3. Why did Hamper not want to write about being a shop-rat, in an article for the Flint Voice?

4. What did Hamper do during his vacation?

5. According to Hamper in Chapter 10, why did GM not allow the NBC film crew into the factory?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dave Steel.

2. 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?

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

4. Hamper said that working on the Rivet Line was like being paid to flunk high school the rest of your life (pgs 185,188). How might this be true? Why is Hamper content with this lifestyle?

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

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

7. 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?

8. What did Mike Moore want to do his last night in Flint before he moved to San Francisco? How is this oddly fitting?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is very little, if any, symbolism in the book Rivethead. What is the effect of a literal story? How does this method fit the subject matter?

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

What is the significance in Hamper's descriptions of his parents? He never says "Mom" or "Dad," only "my mother" or "my father." What unusual formality does this lend to his story?

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