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

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

3. What did Smith consider the most admirable characteristic of firefighters?
(a) Their committment to community.
(b) Their strength.
(c) Their reliability.
(d) Their bravery.

4. Approximately how many firefighters died each year in New York at the time the book was written?
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) Eight.
(d) Twenty.

5. What do arsonists sometimes do when they leave the scene of a fire?
(a) They leave booby traps to hurt firefighters.
(b) They call the fire department anonymously.
(c) They do not call the fire department to report the fire.
(d) They gather evidence of arson and take it away.

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

7. Why did Smith insist on working in the South Bronx?
(a) The pay was better.
(b) He lived close to the South Bronx.
(c) He had relatives there.
(d) He believed the people there had a right to fire services.

8. Why did Smith want to re-read the Yeats poem about wise men becoming tense with violence before they can accomplish fate?
(a) He was trying to understand the situation of people throwing rocks at firefighters.
(b) He was trying to take his mind off his work.
(c) He was trying to understand what causes some men to willingly go into burning buildings.
(d) He was preparing another letter to the editor.

9. How did Smith believe the city was treated by the state?
(a) He felt the state took the city's tax money, but failed to provide adequate services.
(b) He felt the state placed too many requirements on the city.
(c) He felt the state tried to control the city.
(d) He felt the state put too much emphasis on the city.

10. 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 firefighter hanging on the back of one truck was badly injured.
(c) A bystander was injured.
(d) A bicyclist hit one of the trucks.

11. In what town did Smith live while working in the South Bronx?
(a) Scarsdale.
(b) Washingtonville.
(c) Flushing.
(d) New Paltz.

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

13. In which city did Smith serve?
(a) Boston.
(b) Chicago.
(c) Los Angeles.
(d) New York City.

14. What happened to the fireman who was injured while responding to a call in Chapter 4?
(a) He was treated at the scene.
(b) He was admitted to the hospital overnight.
(c) He refused to be admitted to the hospital.
(d) He was hospitalized for a week.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Before discovering the culprit, how did Smith describe the fatal fire on Kelly Street?

2. What did the three men sitting on Charlotte Street do when they saw the kid pull the false alarm in Chapter 3?

3. What is the name of the national magazine started by Smith after writing the memoir?

4. What did the landlord of the Kelly Street apartments do once the youths had spread the gasoline around?

5. How were the men rescued during the factory fire?

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