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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 cooler, cleaner, more oxygen-rich air?
A: Circulation
B: Ventilation
C: Evacuation
D: Re-aeration

2:  What does heated air naturally do?
A: Contract and rise
B: Contract and sink
C: Expand and sink
D: Expand and rise

3:  What, if anything, 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 smoke

4:  When breaking glass, where should fire fighters keep their hands?
A: In the center of the breaking area
B: Above or to the side of the falling glass
C: Under the falling glass, fingers pointing up
D: To the strong-hand side of the opening, only

5:  Whenever possible, from where should fire fighters who are conducting vertical ventilation on a roof operate?
A: From a ladder
B: From the area immediately to the eave side of the opening
C: From the area immediately to the ridge side of the opening
D: From the prone position, on the windward side of the opening

6:  What is the term for the sudden explosive ignition of fire gases when oxygen is introduced into a superheated space?
A: Rapid polymerization
B: Thermal equilibrium
C: Rollover
D: Backdraft

7:  If ventilation is not mechanical, then what kind is it?
A: Natural
B: Artesian
C: Negative-pressure
D: Skylar

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 glass
C: The outside wall adjacent to the opening should be spray-painted orange
D: The opening should be laddered and the ladder left there for the duration

9:  What is the technique called wherein 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:  The two major structural support systems for roofs use either solid-beam or one other type of construction. What other type?
A: Truss
B: Laminar
C: Columnar
D: Tetrahedral

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