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 not stay with Mother Jones when Moore was fired?

2. How did Hamper's supervisor feel when he needed to leave work early because of his breakdown?

3. Why was Hamper proud to build a suburban for the celebrity Louise Mandrell?

4. What was the subject matter of Dave and Hamper's "shopera" (pg 195)

5. When the Good Times Lounge sued Hamper, how much money did the owner want?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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. At the beginning of Chapter 5, how did Hamper portray the employees of the Michigan Employment Security Commission? Is this a fair picture?

6. 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?

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

8. During and after his first panic attack, what did Hamper realize about himself?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Hamper often uses short sentences comprised of a couple nouns and no verbs. What is the effect of these sentences to the reader? Do they propel or slow the flow of the story?

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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