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. What did Hamper do during his vacation?

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

3. Why was Hamper given a $2,700 check?

4. To what did Hamper compare Dave's styled hair?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. What kind of relationship did Gino have with his men? Why did this lead to his eventual transfer away from the Rivet Line?

10. What kind of place was Mark's Lounge? How was this place exactly what Hamper needed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"My old man abhorred the truth. It was like some horrible, foreign diction that ripped at his core" (pg 4). What truth is Hamper referring to? As demonstrated by his own life, what was his reaction to the same truth?

Essay Topic 2

Hamper often describes a small section of his surroundings - his parents' couch, his workbench, Mark's Lounge - but rarely a larger scene such as the city of Flint. What does this say about the scope of his world? How often did he take in the larger scene compared to how often he was focused simply on the task ahead of him?

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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