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

2. How does Smith envision false alarms occurring in richer neighborhoods?
(a) Europeans mistake alarm boxes for mail boxes.
(b) Visitors from the South Bronx pull the alarms.
(c) Residents panic at the slightest sign of trouble and pull the alarms.
(d) Residents accidently hit the alarms.

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

4. Which writer once suggested that the story finds the author?
(a) Charlotte Gilman.
(b) Katherine Anne Porter.
(c) Sarah Orne Jewett..
(d) Shirley Jackson.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was wrong with the furnace room where the firefighters retreated for warmth during the Charlotte Street fire?

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

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

4. How did the firefighters save the life of the overdose victim on Hoe Avenue?

5. Why was his wife upset the morning Smith went back to work?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the firefighters feel about the deaths of the two teenagers in the Intervale Avenue arson fire in Chapter 1?

2. Why do you think Dennis Smith found the act of writing the book as exciting as responding to fire calls?

3. Why did Artie think the 20th century should be called the "Great Zap"?

4. Why do firemen have to sometimes crawl on their bellies while in a burning building?

5. Why did some of the men defend Chief Marks despite the fact that he was known for yelling at the firefighters?

6. Why does Smith tell his mother that he feels compelled to continue working in the dangerous South Bronx neighborhood?

7. What was Firefighter Jim's reaction to news of the arrests of Vietnam War protesters in Chapter 3?

8. Why did the firemen tease Billy Valenzio about his strength?

9. How did the attack on Firefighter Nick Riso (a brick was thrown at him in Chapter 3) make Smith feel?

10. As the fire truck responded to the call on Wilkens Avenue in Chapter 3, what experience did Smith flash back to?

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