Report from Engine Co. 82 Test | Final Test - Hard

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

2. Why did Smith's mother hide the television under a bedspread?

3. What disease did one of the firefighters contract?

4. Why did Smith choose to transfer to Engine Co. 82?

5. How many stitches did Fireman Billy-o get in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Smith distinguish between acts of shoplifting and looting within poor neighborhoods?

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. In what way can the training firemen undergo never be completely sufficient?

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

7. What did Smith find most frustrating about the attack on the firefighters (the dropped garbage can) in Chapter 8?

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

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Smith reveals a particular contempt for people who steal from their fellow poor and mentions that he himself shoplifted from fancy stores as a child, but would never have stolen from a neighbor. What do you think about this attitude? Is it acceptable for the poor to steal from stores? Does shoplifting have an effect only on the store owner or does the effect trickle down to the entire community? Should the punishments be different depending upon whom the victim is?

Essay Topic 3

"Report From Engine Co. 82" was the first full-length book providing ordinary citizens with a glimpse into the insular world of firemen, and it became a runaway bestseller. Smith speaks of being thrilled about the opportunity to share his life with ordinary citizens. Why do you think the book proved so popular? Were people hungry for information about the lives of people they only saw during times of crisis? Do you think the book changed any opinions about the work firefighters do?

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