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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 distracted Hamper most from the breakdowns?
2. How did Hamper and Dave Steel initially bond?
3. Why did Hamper begin writing?
4. As he drove home during his breakdown, what did Hamper think he saw?
5. As Hamper begins Chapter Five, what does he think is the worst part of unemployment?
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. How did Hamper stumble onto writing? What does this say about him as a writer?
3. 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?
4. What was Hamper's reaction to the news that Louise Mandrell had ordered a GM Suburban? How does this fit what the reader already knows about Hamper's personality?
5. What was Hamper's opinion of the Flint Voice when he first read it? What expectations does this create in the reader's mind?
6. During and after his first panic attack, what did Hamper realize about himself?
7. Why did General Motors become concerned with the quality of their vehicles? Given Hamper's tone while telling this story, what was his response?
8. According to Hamper, why does the reading public not want to read about the working man? Is this a fair assessment?
9. 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?
10. What arrangement did Paul and Hamper scheme up at work? How did Hamper justify this, even to the point of making it appear right?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Chapter 5, Hamper recounts the behaviors and antics of several of his coworkers. What makes these stories funny? How does Hamper choose words and phrases to emphasize the humor of the stories?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
What is the significance in Hamper's descriptions of his parents? He never says "Mom" or "Dad," only "my mother" or "my father." What unusual formality does this lend to his story?
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