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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 the ladder company do to get to the source of the smoke at the Charlotte Street fire?
(a) Broke down all the doors inside.
(b) Ripped holes in the wall.
(c) Ventilated the roof.
(d) Broke the windows.

2. How does Smith describe the racial characteristics of Washingtonville?
(a) There are blacks and whites and they are integrated.
(b) The town is predominately black.
(c) There are blacks and whites, but they live in separate sections of town.
(d) The town is overwhelmingly white.

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

4. Which captain entered the Kelly Street apartment first?
(a) Capt. O'Brien.
(b) Capt. Solwen.
(c) Capt. Smith.
(d) Capt. Frimes.

5. What field did Smith's wife want him to go into instead of firefighting?
(a) Teaching.
(b) Engineering.
(c) Sanitation.
(d) Accounting.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What happened to the fireman who was injured while responding to a call in Chapter 4?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why, according to Dennis Smith, were so many false alarms were pulled in the South Bronx?

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

4. In reflecting on the boys who chanted hate-filled slogans at the firefighters in Chapter 4, Smith reflects that "people don't hate other people." What does he mean by that?

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

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

7. How does the fire department announce the death of a fellow firefighter in the line of duty?

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

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

10. Why were the firefighters remaining at the scene of the fire on Forest Avenue (in Chapter 5) unsure of the names of the injured firemen?

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