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 Polson, another shop-rat, become angry at Hamper?

2. What fear did Dr. Kilaru diagnose Hamper with?

3. When Hamper is contacted by The Wall Street Journal, what does his boss Gino call the paper?

4. Why did Hamper think that Moore's car would be destroyed at the GM factory?

5. As he drove home during his breakdown, what did Hamper think he saw?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Dave Steel.

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

4. Why did General Motors become concerned with the quality of their vehicles? Given Hamper's tone while telling this story, what was his response?

5. What conversation did Hamper and his grandfather have during the family reunion? How does this fittingly illustrate the difference in their generations?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

10. What did Mike Moore want to do his last night in Flint before he moved to San Francisco? How is this oddly fitting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hamper often describes a small section of his surroundings - his parents' couch, his workbench, Mark's Lounge - but rarely a larger scene such as the city of Flint. What does this say about the scope of his world? How often did he take in the larger scene compared to how often he was focused simply on the task ahead of him?

Essay Topic 2

How did Roy's crackup prefigure Hamper's own mental breakdown? What role did Hamper play on Roy's story, and how did Roy's compare to his own?

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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