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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 think his school principal and mother were wrong to lament his dropping out?
(a) He believed school was a waste of time.
(b) He wanted to get out of New York.
(c) He believed he'd make a lot of money working instead.
(d) He did not think he was good enough at academics.

2. Why did Smith's mother hide the television under a bedspread?
(a) She did not want her children watching TV.
(b) Welfare recipients were not allowed to have TVs or phones.
(c) She was afraid the TV would be stolen.
(d) The TV was broken.

3. How many stitches did Fireman Billy-o get in Chapter 7?
(a) Ten.
(b) None.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Six.

4. What ethnic group was now predominate in the formerly Irish neighborhood in which Smith grew up?
(a) Dominicans.
(b) Chinese.
(c) Blacks.
(d) Puerto Ricans.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was Tina when Smith first met her?

2. What did Smith see in Fireman Billy-o as he held the baby who died in the fire?

3. How many men competed for firemen positions that day?

4. Why were merchants good to firefighters (i.e., by giving them discounts) under the old system?

5. How did Smith march in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What were Smith's initial views of firefighting before he joined the department?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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