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Dennis Smith (firefighter)
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did firefighters find at the scene of the fire at the Kelly Street apartments?
(a) Molotov cocktails.
(b) Faulty wiring.
(c) Burned food on a stove.
(d) Three gas cans, pointing to arson.

2. Where on his body did Fireman Bill Kelsey get burned while battling the Charlotte Street blaze?
(a) On his chest.
(b) On his left. arm.
(c) On his back.
(d) On his thigh.

3. What do the firemen call the "game" they play when they ask one another if they may relieve another fireman during a fire?
(a) "Steal the nozzle."
(b) "Steal the nob."
(c) "Grab the nob."
(d) "Steal the hose."

4. What is the primary problem with New York City, in Smith's eyes?
(a) It is simply too big.
(b) There are too many minorities.
(c) It is not integrated.
(d) It is too poor.

5. How do firefighters get enough oxygen when a building is thick with smoke?
(a) By first clearing out some of the smoke.
(b) By using oxygen tanks.
(c) By crawling on their stomachs to reach the oxygen at floor level.
(d) By breaking out windows to get oxygen in.

6. What happened when two of the fire trucks collided while responding to a call in Chapter 4?
(a) A civilian vehicle collided with the trucks.
(b) A bystander was injured.
(c) A firefighter hanging on the back of one truck was badly injured.
(d) A bicyclist hit one of the trucks.

7. What two famous people once ran for Mayor and City Council President?
(a) Woody Allen and Jimmy Breslin.
(b) Woody Allen and Normal Mailer.
(c) Norman Mailer and Jimmy Breslin.
(d) Woody Allen and Philip Roth.

8. How would firefighters have designed a building differently to make firefighting easier, according to Smith?
(a) They would have designed better staircases.
(b) They would have had more fire escapes.
(c) They would have eliminated elevators.
(d) They would have restricted the height.

9. Why did Smith move outside the city after growing up there?
(a) His wife could be closer to her work.
(b) He wanted to be closer to work.
(c) He had family in the area.
(d) He felt it was a better place for a family.

10. Why was one of the firefighters upset about the Vietnam War protesters?
(a) He was upset about the disruption to society.
(b) He felt they were in college simply because it helped them avoid the draft.
(c) He felt the protesters did not understand the war.
(d) He supported the war effort.

11. What is the name of the national magazine started by Smith after writing the memoir?
(a) American Firefighter.
(b) Firefighting Today.
(c) The Station.
(d) Firehouse.

12. From which service area did Fireman Vinny Royce switch to join Engine Co. 82?
(a) Harlem.
(b) East Harlem.
(c) Lower East Side.
(d) Beford-Stuyvesant.

13. What was the Kelly Street apartment landlord charged with after the fire?
(a) One count of arson.
(b) One count of murder.
(c) He was not charged.
(d) Two counts of murder.

14. What did Smith keep in his locker at the fire station?
(a) A battered book of Yeats' poems.
(b) A battered book of Irish poetry.
(c) The collected works of James Joyce.
(d) A battered book of Irish prose.

15. How does Smith describe his political leanings?
(a) Republican.
(b) Libertarian.
(c) Moderate.
(d) Democratic.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to Capt. Frimes at the Kelly Street fire?

2. How did the Charlotte Street fire become easier to battle?

3. Approximately how many firefighters died each year in New York at the time the book was written?

4. To which kind of call was the firefighter responding when he was killed, prior to the events in Chapter 2?

5. Why did the plan not work out?

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