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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 the city fence off the empty lots near the fire station?
(a) To keep children away from dangerous areas.
(b) To cut down on prostitution.
(c) To prevent garbage from being dumped.
(d) To prevent drug dealers from using the lots.

2. 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 thought his friends would see the inspector and he was ashamed about being poor.
(d) He was afraid the family would be denied more benefits.

3. What kind of living quarters did Dennis Smith grow up in?
(a) A townhouse in the Bronx.
(b) A single-family house in Flushing.
(c) A New York City high-rise studio apartment.
(d) A New York City tenement.

4. How did Smith march in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chapter 6?
(a) In a kilt playing bagpipes.
(b) In his firefighter's gear on a fire truck.
(c) In a business suit with fellow firefighters.
(d) In an ambulance.

5. Why did Smith not eat hamburgers when fellow firefighters prepared them for the station dinner?
(a) He felt they weren't healthy enough.
(b) He had to live on hamburgers during his poverty-stricken childhood.
(c) He was a vegetarion.
(d) He needed to lose weight.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Pat, Dennis' wife, willing to accept his remaining in a dangerous profession?

2. What did the newspaper article say a firefighter rescued following a rubbish fire?

3. What free perk did New York firemen get?

4. What did the firefighters discover after the police had left the station in Chapter 6?

5. How was the bleeding woman who ran into the station for help injured in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In what way does it seem as though Smith--despite his hatred for cockroaches--actually respects them?

3. How did contemplating the changing seasons make it easier for Smith to deal with the dangers of his job?

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

5. How did the elementary student, Cynthia, approach her interview with Smith in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Smith suggest that perhaps even with guidance, South Bronx resident Tina de Vega may still have ended up on drugs and prostituting herself?

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