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 sign the transfer paper to move to Pontiac?

2. What two different personalities did Hank exhibit?

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

4. When was Hamper asked for an autograph by an ambitious husband?

5. Approximately how long was Hamper unemployed before being called back to work?

Short Essay Questions

1. By the time Janice moved to a different area of the factory, how had she changed? How is this different from what might be expected of a woman working that job?

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

3. "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?

4. What new vehicle was the factory hired to build? How was this, written in Hamper's account of life, a sign of the times?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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