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Chapter Pretests


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1:  What is the term for the process of removing smoke, heat, and toxic gases from a burning building and replacing them with fresh air?
A: Circulation
B: Ventilation
C: Evacuation
D: Re-aeration

2:  What is the principle of convection?
A: Heated gases will contract and rise
B: Heated gases will contract and sink
C: Cooled gases will expand and sink
D: Heated gases will expand and rise

3:  What does thin, light-colored smoke moving lazily out of a building suggest?
A: A dangerous fire involving fractional hydrocarbons
B: A small fire involving ordinary combustibles
C: A pre-backdraft condition lurking inside
D: Nothing can be inferred from this condition

4:  When breaking glass from a ladder to vent a fire, where should fire fighters position themselves?
A: In the center of the breaking area
B: To the side of the window
C: Under the falling glass, fingers pointing up
D: To the strong-hand side of the opening, only

5:  Where should fire fighters be positioned while cutting a ventilation opening on a roof?
A: On a ladder or platform
B: In the area immediately to the eave side of the opening
C: Near the area immediately to the ridge side of the opening
D: In the prone position, on the windward side of the opening

6:  What is the term for the rabid ignition of heated fire gases when oxygen is introduced into an unvented space?
A: Rapid polymerization
B: Thermal layering
C: Mushrooming
D: Backdraft

7:  What are two types of mechanical ventilation?
A: Natural and horizontal
B: Artesian and convected
C: Negative pressure and positive pressure
D: Skylar and natural

8:  What should be done immediately after breaking the glass in a window?
A: A piece of barrier tape should be placed across the opening
B: The window frame should be cleared of all remaining glass
C: The outside wall adjacent to the opening should be flagged so it can be seen from the corner
D: The opening should be laddered and the ladder left there for the duration

9:  What is the technique used when fire fighters test the firmness of a roof by striking it with an axe or other tool?
A: Probing
B: Echoing
C: Querying
D: Sounding

10:  What are the two major components in most roof systems?
A: Truss and solid beam
B: Support structure and roof covering
C: Columnar design and truss support
D: Tetrahedral and square

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