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1:  What is the worry with a battery-powered smoke detector?
A: Batteries explode violently in fire
B: Batteries can fail to operate at higher temperatures
C: Battery-powered units cannot make a loud enough alarm
D: Batteries may not be replaced regularly enough

2:  What can the fire alarm control panel be compared to?
A: The brain of the system
B: The eyes of the system
C: The voice of the system
D: The backbone of the system

3:  If all the smoke alarms are interconnected in a dwelling, 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 share and pool battery power, sending it to the one sounding
D: If the batteries go dead in one, the others chirp

4:  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

5:  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 blanket

6:  What powers residential smoke detectors?
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

7:  What is the part of a fire alarm system that 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

8:  What is the term for that type of fire alarm system in which the alarm sounds in the building itself only, and no signal is sent out to notify anyone else?
A: Remote Station
B: Ancillary System
C: Silent Siren
D: Local Alarm

9:  Sprinkler heads are designed to be mounted in one of three positions, two of which are upright and horizontal. What is the third?
A: Pendant
B: Curved
C: Spinning
D: Ported

10:  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

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