Reading Comprehension - Practice Exam Part 2

Part 2 of a 3 part series of Reading Comprehension - Practice Exams.


Information Ordering

Lt. Banks is giving a lecture on the proper procedure when cutting a hole in a roof to provide adequate ventilation. He would like to include the statements listed below in his lecture. These statements have not been listed in the correct order.
1)The hole should be located between the joists or rafters. Thus the joists or rafters should never be cut, as they are the main support for the roof.
2)Locate the joists by sounding with the axe and noting the area that is solid. A solid sound will denote the location of the joist.
3)Upon identifying wood sheathing, the firefighter may begin cutting with the fire axe. The axe should not be swung as a wood cutter would use it, but with short quick strokes.
4)Once the joists are located, an adequate size hole at least 4 feet should be marked on the roof with the pick head. The roof covering tar paper should be removed before proceeding with the cutting procedure.

11.The above procedure should be performed in which of the following order?
A)1, 2, 3, 4
B)2, 1, 3, 4
C)1, 2, 4, 3
D)2, 1, 4, 3

Lieutenant Pender made the following comments when discussing bends, knots, and hitches in rope:
1)The bends that a rope undergoes in the formation of a knot or hitch are of three kinds: the bight, loop, and round turn.
2)Knots and hitches are formed by combining these elements in different ways so that the tight part of the rope bears on the free end to hold it in place.
3)The bight is formed by simply bending the rope, keeping the sides parallel; the loop is made by crossing the sides of a bight; the round turn consists of the further bending of one side of a loop.
4)Knots weaken a rope because the rope is bent in order to form the knot and the outside fibers take most of the strain at the bend.
5)The knot that weakens the rope the least is one requiring the least abrupt bending.

12.Lieutenant Pender's discussion would be most effective if the above comments were presented in the following order?
A)1, 2, 3, 5, 4
B)5, 4, 2, 1, 3
C)3, 1, 4, 5, 2
D)4, 5, 1, 3, 2

Lieutenant Arthurs has prepared the following comments to stress the increased importance of respiratory protection to firefighters:
1)Such is not the case in our technological world of today.
2)When homes were built of wood and contained furnishings of ordinary combustibles they produced fewer toxic products of combustion.
3)It has been well documented that most fire deaths occur from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, rather than actual contact with fire.
4)The need for respiratory protection in the fire service has increased greatly over the years.
5)These gases, though still unhealthy, were not lethal in small quantities.
6)Plastics, synthetic materials, pesticides, and other hazardous products can be found everywhere.

13.The above comments could be made most effectively if they were presented in the following order.
A)3, 6, 1, 2, 5, 4
B)2, 5, 6, 1, 4, 3
C)4, 2, 5, 1, 6, 3
D)6, 3, 1, 4, 2, 5

Deductive Reasoning

During the night tour at Engine Company 500, eleven (11) alarms were received between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. The types of alarms and times of occurrences were as follows:
Alarm #1 6:03 p.m. illegally opened hydrant
Alarm #2 6:41 p.m. false alarm
Alarm #3 7:00 p.m. car fire in an abandoned car
Alarm #4 7:25 p.m. garbage can fire
Alarm #5 8:30 p.m. false alarm
Alarm #6 12:18 a.m. fire in a wood frame house
Alarm #7 1:09 a.m. fire in a brownstone apartment
Alarm #8 2:45 a.m. basement fire in a hospital
Alarm #9 5:02 a.m. sprinkler malfunction in an all-night deli
Alarm #10 7:53 a.m. false alarm
Alarm #11 8:29 a.m. food on the stove fire

14.Based on the list of alarms, which one of the following statements is correct?
A)False alarms occur most frequently in the early morning
B)Fires involving victims are most likely to occur in the early evening
C)Severe fires are most likely to occur in the early morning
D)Non-fire related alarms occur more frequently in the evening

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