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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. What does the sculpture at the University of Chicago commemorating the Atomic Age look like?
(a) Both a womb and a mushroom.
(b) Both a skull and a womb.
(c) Both a mushroom and a skull.
(d) Both a mushroom and a planet.
2. What did Maclean believe the atomic mushroom to be a symbol of in the 20th century?
(a) A symbol of everything wrong with governmental agencies such as the Forest Service.
(b) A symbol of American supremacy in firefighting.
(c) A symbol of our inner fear of the explosive power of the universe.
(d) A symbol of the future of science.
3. What does "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani" mean?
(a) "My God, My God, why is this happening to me?"
(b) "My God, My God, please save me from death."
(c) "My God, My God, forgive me my sins."
(d) "My God, My God, why hast thou foresaken me?"
4. What time did Dodge's watch say when he rose from the ashes of his own fire?
(a) Ten minutes after six.
(b) Seven fifteen.
(c) Nine forty-five.
(d) Fifteen minutes after seven.
5. Where did Maclean place the ashes of his wife Jessie when she died?
(a) On the western bank of the Missouri.
(b) At Seely Lake.
(c) On Mount Jessie.
(d) On Mount Helena.
Short Answer Questions
1. What was the one thought the Smokejumpers shared as they ran from the fire?
2. How did Maclean compare the death of his wife and the death of the Smokejumpers?
3. How did W.R. Moore assist Maclean in his research about Mann Gulch?
4. What happened to the Smokejumpers once they left Dodge and his escape fire?
5. Who was C.A. Gustafson?
Short Essay Questions
1. When did Maclean begin research on the Mann Gulch fire? What where his first steps?
2. Why did both parents and the Forest Service hope for silence after the court judgments concerning suits filed against the Forest Service?
3. What does Maclean believe has become the symbol of fear in the late twentieth century? What artist does he site as support for this claim?
4. What did the author mean when he spoke of bi-visual and tri-visual?
5. What was it like when the fire reached its height and totally covered the landscape? To what did Maclean compare the fire at this point?
6. What different theories did Henry Thol on one side and Carl Gustafson present as to the escape fire set by Dodge? How did Maclean suggest the Review Board of the Mann Gulch fire might have immediately answered the question of the escape fire set by Dodge?
7. As Maclean began his comparison of the Smokejumpers' run to the top of the ridge to a race run on a track, how did he compare the race run by the Smokejumpers and that of the athlete on a track?
8. Who is the firsthand source of information Maclean and his investigative partner Laird Robinson set out to find before they did anything else? Why? Who were they looking for?
9. How did the perspective shift as the author continued his discussion of the fire from looking at the mushroom cloud in the sky? What did he hope to learn by changing perspective?
10. How did Jansson's explanation of why the non-flammable objects such as wallets and watches were found uphill from the men's bodies? How did his explanation differ from that of the Forest Service?
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