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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. Why did Smith say he disagreed with fellow firefighters' prejudices, but also understood them?
(a) They do not live in the neighborhoods they serve.
(b) They are more poorly paid than firefighters in white areas.
(c) The only minorities they encounter are criminals.
(d) Firefighting is most difficult and dangerous in poor, minority areas

2. What job did Smith take when he quit high school?
(a) Delivering food.
(b) Delivering for a Chinese restaurant.
(c) Driving a cab.
(d) Delivering flowers.

3. What disease did one of the firefighters contract?
(a) A bacterial infection.
(b) Hepatitis.
(c) Influenza.
(d) Pneumonia.

4. How did Smith's attitude toward cockroaches change as an adult?
(a) He used to fear them; now he simply hates them.
(b) He used to fear them; now he resents them.
(c) His attitude does not change and he continues to fear them.
(d) He used to fear them; now he sees that they are part of the lancscape.

5. Why did the firemen call for police assistance while battling the Fox Street fire in Chapter 8?
(a) There were people fighting in the street.
(b) There were looters in the area.
(c) They were attacked with garbage cans and iron balls.
(d) Residents were screaming at the firemen.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why were the firefighters frustrated about budget issues?

2. What actor was interviewed in the Playboy issue, read by Smith in Chapter 7?

3. What holiday was being celebrated on Smith's day off in Chapter 7?

4. How did Smith view the fire department's amusement park trip for neighborhood children?

5. What was the name of the young prostitute who lived in the neighborhood served by Engine Co. 82?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what key way does Smith say the modern firefighting exams are different from those of the past?

2. Why did Smith view being a firemen as a sign of success when he was a child?

3. Why did Smith think it was useless to argue with the sneering youths hanging around a fireman's car in Chapter 10?

4. What was Smith's attitude toward the man hanging around at the Union Avenue fire in Chapter 10? How did he feel about the man screaming that the firemen were not taking fire victims to the hospital because they didn't care about black people?

5. Why were the men uneasy as they begin the training drill in Chapter 6?

6. Despite the death of the baby in the last fire in the book, Smith was more committed than ever to remaining a firefighter. What did he see at that fire that reinforced his tremendous loyalty to his fellow firemen?

7. Why were some of the firefighters unwilling to help out at the department's occasional parties for neighborhood kids?

8. Does Smith feel that society has become more violent over the years, and if so, why?

9. Is the poverty seen by Dennis Smith in the South Bronx different than the poverty in which he grew up?

10. How did the firefighters react to the call in Chapter 7 in which they tended to a man who almost overdosed on drugs?

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