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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 hate the new supervisor, Calvin Moza?
2. What happened to the man who tried to kill his coworker?
3. What was the compromise that allowed Alex into the factory?
4. According to Hamper in Chapter 10, why did GM not allow the NBC film crew into the factory?
5. Why did Polson, another shop-rat, become angry at Hamper?
Short Essay Questions
1. What new vehicle was the factory hired to build? How was this, written in Hamper's account of life, a sign of the times?
2. Describe Dave Steel.
3. 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?
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. "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?
6. What conversation did Hamper and his grandfather have during the family reunion? How does this fittingly illustrate the difference in their generations?
7. What kind of place was Mark's Lounge? How was this place exactly what Hamper needed?
8. How did Hamper stumble onto writing? What does this say about him as a writer?
9. 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?
10. Why were Moore and Hamper summoned to appear in court? How does this scene demonstrate Hamper's chosen place in the world?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
What makes a good autobiography? Does Hamper's book fulfill those requirements? What are the pros and cons of a fictionalized life compared to an autobiography?
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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