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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. Where did Smith take the application test?
(a) Greenwich Village.
(b) Upper West Side.
(c) South Bronx.
(d) Harlem.

2. What was the cause of the fire the men responded to at Union and 166th Street in Chapter 10?
(a) Burning cigarette on a couch.
(b) Arson.
(c) Stove fire.
(d) Electrical fire.

3. What was the first call the department took the day after the Saint Patrick's Day parade?
(a) A stove fire.
(b) A child locked inside a bathroom alone.
(c) An overflowing bathtub flooding an apartment beneath.
(d) A child locked inside an apartment alone.

4. Why did Fireman Jim Stack have to stay longer at the hospital after the Intervale Avenue fire in Chapter 10?
(a) He had dangerously high blood pressure and nerve palpitations.
(b) He suffered a heart attack.
(c) He suffered severe burns.
(d) He suffered severe smoke inhalation.

5. Why was Dennis upset about the visit from the welfare inspector?
(a) The inspector spoke to his mother harshly.
(b) He was afraid the inspector would find the hidden television.
(c) He was afraid the family would be denied more benefits.
(d) He thought his friends would see the inspector and he was ashamed about being poor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the naked man on Southern Boulevard wield as a weapon?

2. What film does Smith reference when discussing the station's housekeeping chores in Chapter 10?

3. What free perk did New York firemen get?

4. What kind of entertainment did the firefighters and children experience during the ice cream party in Chapter 9?

5. What did the cockroaches symbolize in Smith's view?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Smith convince himself of the need to respond to all calls when he found himself getting fed up with the arson incidents?

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

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

4. Did Smith feel that the rich New Yorkers mentioned in Chapter 7, who were raising money to bail out Black Panthers, had any real understanding of need?

5. How did Dennis Smith feel as a child when the welfare inspector visited his family?

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

7. Why had the system of safety inspections changed so radically?

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

9. Did Smith's wife appreciate her husband's devotion to his job?

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

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