Saturday, April 28, 2012

Study Sheet for HST 344, Final Exam


HST 344 Final Exam Study Sheet, Spring, 2012
Dr. Heitmann
Exam on either May 2, 12:20 p.m. or May 4, 12:20 p.m.
I Identification and historical significance (40 pts.).  Answer four (4) of the following six  (6) people, places, and things in a concise and detailed paragraph, in five sentences or less for each.
Possibilities:
John Muir and How to Keep your Volkswagen Alive
Cadillac and the establishment during the 1950s and 1960s
Ralph Nader and the Corvair
The Muscle Car
Oil Shocks I and II
The Federal Government, the automobile industry, and the 1960s
W. Edwards Deming
The Rise of the Pickup Truck in the late 20th century American Market
Bullitt and the automobile chase scene
Crap Cars of the 1970s
Roger and Me
Low - Riders
The Drive-By
Airbags and ABS
NASCAR in the recent past
Women, Poetry, and Passion, post-1980
The Revenge of the Electric Car
Transplants from Japan
Why the automobile industry crisis of 2008 – 2010?
II Essay (60 pts.):  In a well-organized and factual essay that contains both an introduction and a conclusion, answer the following question.
Ben Hamper’s Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line is a remarkable tale focusing on the nature of assembly line work at General Motors during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It is among other things, quite an indictment of General Motors’ management practices, ironically coming from an unhinged worker.  Being as specific and detailed as possible, describe Hamper’s portrayal of management style and managers.  To what degree do you think that Hamper’s account is at all truthful, and what convinces you that he is on target, or not?  

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