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Chapter Pretests


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1:  How do we think of a fire alarm control panel?
A: As the brain of the system
B: As the eyes of the system
C: As the voice of the system
D: As the backbone of the system

2:  If all the smoke alarms are connected in a proprietary system, what does that mean?
A: They must all detect smoke before any one of them will sound
B: If one alarm is activated, they all sound
C: They are all connected to one monitoring site, usually a security center
D: If the batteries go dead in one, the others chirp

3:  How do flame detectors work?
A: They recognize the snapping sound that flame generates
B: They detect the changes in the composition of the air near flame
C: They detect the electromagnetic light waves produced by flame
D: They detect the irregular electrical field generated by flame

4:  What is the most common type of fire suppression system?
A: Total flooding carbon dioxide system
B: Automatic sprinkler system
C: Halon computer room system
D: Fire blankets

5:  How are most alarm systems powered?
A: Batteries only
B: Hard-wire to house current
C: Either batteries or hard-wire to house current
D: All units require batteries for the detection function and hard-wire for the alarm sounding function

6:  What part of a fire alarm system alerts the building occupants when the system is activated?
A: The alarm activation device
B: The alarm notification device
C: The alarm initiation device
D: The alarm monitoring device

7:  What is the term for a fire alarm system in which the alarm sounds in the building, and no signal is sent anywhere else?
A: Remote Station
B: Ancillary System
C: Silent Siren
D: Local Alarm

8:  Sprinkler heads are designed to be mounted in one of three positions: upright, sidewall or _________.
A: Pendant
B: Curved
C: Spinning
D: Ported

9:  What is one alternative to locking sprinkler system control valves open?
A: Equipping them with tamper switches
B: Locking them closed
C: Removing all locks
D: Installing a U valve

10:  Prior to the 1950's sprinkler heads directed the spray to the ceiling. Modern heads:
A: Are designed to divide the flow both up and down
B: Are multi-directional, sensing the fire's location
C: Flow straight streams downward
D: Deflect the stream downward on the fire

11:  One disadvantage in a wet sprinkler system is:
A: The valve must be turned off each day to prevent leakage over expensive stock after hours
B: Piping can freeze in unheated areas, causing a leak
C: Heads are not interchangeable with dry systems
D: The compressor has to have a back-up power supply

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