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1:  What is one use for utility rope?
A: Rappelling down a building
B: Hoisting and lowering tools
C: Lowering an unconscious person
D: Pulling a swimmer up out of the water from a helicopter

2:  How does the strength of synthetic fiber compare to that of natural fiber?
A: It depends on whether they are wet
B: Natural fiber is generally stronger
C: They are about the same
D: Synthetic is generally stronger

3:  How often must life safety ropes be inspected?
A: After every emergency use, only
B: After every use, emergency or training
C: After every training use, only
D: Only if it is contaminated and then cleaned

4:  When, if ever, is it acceptable to store heavy objects on top of rope?
A: It is fully acceptable as it does no harm to the rope
B: It is not ever acceptable to store heavy objects on top of rope
C: It is only acceptable if the heavy object is not sharp on the bottom
D: If is only acceptable if a wood board separates the rope and the heavy object

5:  When can life safety rope be used for utility purposes?
A: Only in training
B: Only when binding, not supporting a load
C: Never
D: Any time

6:  How many times is escape rope intended to be used before being retired from that function?
A: Once
B: Up to three times
C: Five times lifetime
D: As long as it continues to pass inspection

7:  How do strong acids and strong alkalis affect synthetic rope?
A: The acids can damage it, but it is impervious to alkalis
B: They can both damage it
C: The alkalis can damage it, but it is impervious to acids
D: It is impervious to both substances

8:  What is the rule of thumb for stepping on a rope?
A: Don?t roll the rope under your boot
B: Be sure to roll the rope as load is applied on it
C: Don?t do it
D: Just don?t trip

9:  When, if ever, should bleach be used in washing a synthetic rope?
A: Always
B: Never
C: Only if it was contaminated with hydrocarbons, including oil
D: Only if it is certain that no hydrocarbons, including oil, are on the rope

10:  When inspecting a kernmantle rope, what visual trouble cues should fire fighters look for?
A: Cuts or frays
B: Change of color of stress tag
C: Change of color of stress threads
D: Straightening out of the twists

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