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. While visiting the factory, what did Moore really want to do?

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

3. As Hamper discovered late one morning, approximately how many employees did GM plan to lay off?

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

5. What was Hamper's favorite way to pass time at work?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Hamper describes Paul Schobel's work techniques through a series of natural metaphors (pg 189). Why is this different from what might be expected? How is it humorous?

3. What arrangement did Paul and Hamper scheme up at work? How did Hamper justify this, even to the point of making it appear right?

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

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

6. 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?

7. What was Hamper's opinion of the Flint Voice when he first read it? What expectations does this create in the reader's 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 supervisor was Gino? How did Hamper respond to his leadership?

10. How did the men on the Rivet Line deal with the supervisor sent in to replace Gino? How was this a sign that they are powerful?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How many women were involved in Hamper's life and what roles did they play? As seen by his relationships with Joanie and Janice, what were his attitudes toward women?

Essay Topic 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

What effect did unemployment have on Flint? What happened when much of the population was unemployed and why? What do you think the mood of the town was?

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