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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. How did the boy sustain the injuries suffered in the incident at Home and Simpson streets in Chapter 2?
(a) He was beaten.
(b) He was struck by a car.
(c) He was injured while playing ball.
(d) He fell from his bike while riding.

2. Before discovering the culprit, how did Smith describe the fatal fire on Kelly Street?
(a) A simple tragedy.
(b) A case of just desserts.
(c) A case of ironic justice.
(d) A tough break.

3. How many injured people were found in the Kelly Street apartment?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) Four.
(d) One.

4. Why did the John Birch Society want a local teacher in Washingtonville fired?
(a) Because they felt the teacher was ineffective.
(b) Because the teacher was an active union member.
(c) Because the teacher was an outspoken opponent of the war in Vietnam.
(d) Because the teacher allowed a student to draw an American flag surrounded by question marks.

5. What did the firefighters discover when they arrived at the Kelly Street fire in Chapter 1?
(a) A young woman screaming that her child is in the building.
(b) A young man calling from an open window.
(c) A young man, on fire, running out of the building.
(d) A young man fleeing the scene.

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

7. To which kind of call was the firefighter responding when he was killed, prior to the events in Chapter 2?
(a) A burning apartment building.
(b) A malicious false alarm.
(c) A stabbing.
(d) An auto accident.

8. Why do some kids pull false fire alarms, according to the book?
(a) They are hired to pull alarms by arsonists.
(b) They dare one another.
(c) They are neglected and want to see the excitement of fire trucks racing
(d) They do not understand that the alarms will trigger visits by the fire department.

9. How long did Smith take off to recover from the throat damage he sustained during the Prospect Avenue fire in Chapter 3?
(a) Two weeks.
(b) One month.
(c) One week.
(d) Five days.

10. Why does Smith say there are fewer fires today compared to the period during which he served?
(a) There is more intolerance for crime, and radicalism has decreased.
(b) The population has decreased and there are more empty buildings.
(c) The wider use of fire extinguishers has led to small fires being put out before the fire trucks arrive.
(d) Fire safety codes have made buildings less prone to fire.

11. According to Smith, how should kids who pull malicious false alarms be treated?
(a) They should be given guidance care by social services.
(b) They should be warned of the consequences of false alarms.
(c) They should be returned to their parents.
(d) They should be sent to an institution for a year.

12. How did the firefighters save the life of the overdose victim on Hoe Avenue?
(a) By shoving ice down his pants.
(b) By pumping his stomach.
(c) By performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
(d) By performing CPR.

13. What was the average daily number of false alarms in New York City during the time period covered by the book?
(a) 50.
(b) 100.
(c) 250.
(d) 147.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one example of a booby trap sometimes left by arsonists?

2. For which time period did Smith work as a firefighter in the South Bronx?

3. Approximately how many calls did Engine Co. 82 respond to the year before the book was written?

4. Why did Smith move outside the city after growing up there?

5. In what town did Smith live while working in the South Bronx?

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