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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. Approximately how long was Hamper unemployed before being called back to work?
2. What was the goal of rivet hockey?
3. What was Hamper's favorite way to pass time at work?
4. Why was Moore fired from Mother Jones?
5. After four months on the Rivet Line, how did Hamper feel?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did General Motors become concerned with the quality of their vehicles? Given Hamper's tone while telling this story, what was his response?
2. 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?
3. At the beginning of Chapter 5, how did Hamper portray the employees of the Michigan Employment Security Commission? Is this a fair picture?
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. 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?
6. "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?
7. 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?
8. What was one of Hamper's favorite ways to pass time at work? How is this an interesting facet of his character?
9. Why were Moore and Hamper summoned to appear in court? How does this scene demonstrate Hamper's chosen place in the world?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How did Hamper's writing career begin? What was the progression?
Essay Topic 2
"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 3
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?
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