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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. Where did Maclean and his party land their boat to begin their trip to Mann Gulch?
(a) At the base of Fields Gulch.
(b) At the entrance to Merriweather Canyon.
(c) At the mouth of Rescue Gulch.
(d) At the foot of the Gates of the Mountain.

2. What year is generally seen as the beginning of modern scientific study of fire behavior?
(a) 1946.
(b) 1922.
(c) 1918.
(d) 1946.

3. What observation did Jansson and the doctor at the scene make about the final steps of the men who died on the hill?
(a) They were dead before they fell to the ground.
(b) They fell and were instantly devoured by the fire.
(c) They fell, then rose and took a few steps, then fell again.
(d) They fell and got up many times before dying.

4. In Maclean's mind, what did the Ponderosa pines look like during the fire?
(a) Giant sign posts for the rescuers.
(b) Giant trees standing firm against the match of fire.
(c) Giant traffic signs in the middle of fire whirl traffic.
(d) Giant candles burning for the dead.

5. What promise did the Forest Service make to Maclean?
(a) That there will be no other study of the Mann Gulch fire.
(b) That there will be bronze plaques attached to the crosses.
(c) That the crosses will always be renewed.
(d) That trees will be planted on the ridge burned by the fire.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Maclean and the others agree was the second key point on the hillside they needed to locate?

2. Why did Laird Robinson stop smokejumping?

3. What did Maclean call the "North Star that guides all arguments?"

4. What sculptor's piece stands at the University of Chicago commemorating the Atomic Age?

5. To what does a woodsman look for both the questions and their answers?

Short Essay Questions

1. When did Maclean begin research on the Mann Gulch fire? What where his first steps?

2. Whom did Maclean find at the Hoerner Waldorf-Champion paper mill? What information did this person give Maclean to move him along in his search for Sallee and Rumsey?

3. 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?

4. How did Maclean explain the picture of a big fire? What was it made up of in his opinion?

5. To what did the author compare the cloud of smoke atop the Mann Gulch fire when the blowup rose out of the gulch?

6. When Maclean and his group began their trek to Mann Gulch, how did Maclean respond to those who were concerned about his heart being strong enough to make it to the site of the fire?

7. 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?

8. What two emotions governed the analysis of the tragedy at Mann Gulch? How did Maclean describe the first emotion among the men in Mann Gulch?

9. 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?

10. What did the author mean when he spoke of bi-visual and tri-visual?

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