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 was Dave's attitude toward humanity?

2. What was Hamper's advice for working thirty years in the factory?

3. What did Hamper remember about his interview for the Mother Jones cover story?

4. Why does Hamper want to avoid his grandfather at the family reunion?

5. What two different personalities did Hank exhibit?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe Dave Steel.

3. 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?

4. 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?

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. 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?

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

9. "It wasn't every afternoon that I received long-distance phone call from folks at the Wall Street Journal. I didn't remember having any friends who worked there and I was certain that I didn't owe these people any money (pg 171). What do these two sentences reveal about Hamper's character?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As seen in several examples throughout the book, how did General Motors treat their employees? How did Hamper's stories shed an honest light on the company?

Essay Topic 2

Why did Hamper always remember the man who came late for the GM work call, the first time he worked at the factory (pg 32)? How might his thoughts about the incident have changed as he moved in and out of GM?

Essay Topic 3

How was Hamper involved in writing throughout the course of his life? How did his attitude toward it change?

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