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Dennis Smith (firefighter)
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was Fireman Nick Riso injured while responding to a call?

2. Which two companies were prohibited from responding to the same fire under the new plan?

3. How did Smith view the Kelly Street fire after the culprit was found?

4. What did the three men sitting on Charlotte Street do when they saw the kid pull the false alarm in Chapter 3?

5. Whose job is it to investigate suspicious fires?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How was Firefighter Mike Carr killed?

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

4. What is Smith's view of the political leaders of New York City?

5. How did the attack on Firefighter Nick Riso (a brick was thrown at him in Chapter 3) make Smith feel?

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

7. Describe Fireman Jim Gintel's personality.

8. Why does Dennis Smith think firefighters--although regular people--are nevertheless somehow apart from others?

9. What did the firemen do when they got the second teenager out of the Intervale Avenue apartment building, which was torched in the arson attack in Chapter 1?

10. Explain why the landlord of the Intervale Avenue apartment building wanted the place torched.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Smith met numerous neighborhood children during his years of service--some of them eventually fell prey to the streets, while for others, the future was not yet known. Does Smith feel that society at large can help to ensure that neglected children in poor neighborhoods do not fall victim to the violence and depression around them? What does he believe is society's role in reaching out to needy children who are being ignored by the families?

Essay Topic 2

Why was Smith so affected by the interview with the student, Cynthia? Why did his encounter with her leave him feeling both heartened and concerned? Did he ultimately feel uplifted or overwhelmed by what she represented?

Essay Topic 3

Firefighters work long shifts that require them to both sleep and eat meals at the station. How does Smith demonstrate that this enforced closeness with fellow firefighters encourages a sense of brotherhood? Did the cooking and sharing of meals among the men of Engine Co. 82 foster a unique relationship that was missing in other professions? Is there a unique value in seeing your fellow firefighters at their best and their worst (i.e., grumpy before morning coffee, poor hygiene, an issue Smith addresses in the book) throughout the day? Does this help explain the fierce loyalty described by Smith?

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