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Dennis Smith (firefighter)
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Smith find buried under the rubble at the Charlotte Street apartment in Chapter 5?
(a) A Big Wheel.
(b) A doll.
(c) A race car set.
(d) A child's bike.

2. Who was the second injured person found by firefighters at the Home and Simpson streets intersection, and how was he injured?
(a) The driver; he had been beaten by the angry crowd.
(b) The driver; he sustained the injuries in the accident.
(c) A bystander mistaken for the driver and beaten.
(d) The boy's friend, who was also hit.

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

4. What happened to the young man seen running from the Kelly Street apartment?
(a) He was burned over 70 percent of his body.
(b) He fled and never went to the hospital.
(c) He was pronouced DOA at the hospital.
(d) He made a full recovery.

5. Why was his wife upset the morning Smith went back to work?
(a) She had lost her job.
(b) She had talked to his mother about the dangers of his job.
(c) She was worried about the kids.
(d) She wanted to move closer to the city.

Short Answer Questions

1. What board game were the firemen playing in Chapter 3?

2. How would firefighters have designed a building differently to make firefighting easier, according to Smith?

3. How do firefighters get enough oxygen when a building is thick with smoke?

4. How did Smith remember details for the book while working full-time?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the South Bronx neighbors do in an attempt to stop malicious false alarms from the Hoe Avenue alarm box and was it effective?

2. What was Dennis Smith's main concern about writing about his fellow firefighters?

3. What did Dennis Smith observe about the attitude of the driver who hit the young boy and was then beaten by the crowd in Chapter 2?

4. Why was Smith reminded of the sun when he entered the burning room on Forest Avenue in Chapter 5?

5. How does Smith describe the fire marshals sent to investigate the Intervale Avenue fire?

6. What did the firemen mean by the term "tough shit" during their discussion of the arson fire in Chapter 1?

7. What does Dennis Smith think should be done with people who pull malicious false alarms, and why?

8. How did Smith's mother's attitude toward work reflect an old-fashioned way of viewing labor in New York City?

9. During a raging fire, Smith imagines neighbors serving coffee and food to the firefighters. Why does he think this is an impossibility in New York City?

10. Besides the risks to firefighters, what does Dennis Smith believe is a real risk of malicious false alarms?

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