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. How did Hamper prepare for his interview for the Mother Jones cover story?

2. Why was the Good Times Lounge lawsuit dropped?

3. When Hamper had to go into corporate offices to request Alex's visitor pass, why was he nervous?

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

5. When did Hamper experience his last breakdown?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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. 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?

5. What arrangement did Paul and Hamper scheme up at work? How did Hamper justify this, even to the point of making it appear right?

6. What kind of supervisor was Gino? How did Hamper respond to his leadership?

7. What was Hamper's opinion of the Flint Voice when he first read it? What expectations does this create in the reader's mind?

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

9. 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?

10. How did the men on the Rivet Line deal with the supervisor sent in to replace Gino? How was this a sign that they are powerful?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How was Hamper involved in writing throughout the course of his life? How did his attitude toward it change?

Essay Topic 2

How did Hamper's writing career begin? What was the progression?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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