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How do the locations of these businesses increase the human element of the tragedy?
a) People were trapped in the businesses and died.
b) There would be no businesses for people to buy groceries or supplies to rebuild
c) People had to start rebuilding their businesses.
d) The businesses are mixed into the same area with houses where middle-class and poor people live and sleep.

The author includes a list of businesses in paragraph 11. How do these businesses contribute to the idea that Chicago is “ready to burn?”
a) All of these businesses are “fire hazards” and burn both quickly and dangerously. Lumber, gas, furniture, and coal are all pr
b) It doesn't he is just listing what business burned.
c) The fireman couldn't get to the businesses cause they were putting out house fires.
d) To show that people lost not only their homes but the employment as well.

What evidence does the author give to back up his argument that Chicago is a city “ready to burn?”
a) He named the book The Great Fire
b) In paragraph 10, Murphy discusses the use (or overuse) of wood as a building material in 1870’s Chicago.
c) Murphy is building the mood of the story.
d) He doesn't give any evidence, you just have to guess.

Coal and kindling wood are both used to start and stoke fires because they burn so quickly and easily. What detail in paragraph 9 reinforces the tremendous intensity that these two substances add to the fire?
a) A shed attached to the barn was already engulfed by flames. It contained two tons of coal for the winter and a large supply o
b) “The O’Leary house, forty feet away, began to smolder.”
c) The sound of music and merrymaking stopped abruptly, replaced by the shout of “FIRE!”
d) It would be a warning cry heard thousands of times during the next thirty-one hours.

How are the dangers in the wealthier neighborhoods different or similar to the fire risks for those who lived in poorer areas?
a) Wealthier neighborhoods had their own fire departments.
b) The fire did not make it to the wealthy areas.
c) The wealthy areas did not have dangerous businesses, and the buildings were more likely to be built out of stone or brick. Ho
d) It started raining and put the fire out before

A metaphor is a form of figurative language used to compare two things that are not literally related. Murphy calls Chicago a “highly combustible knot.” Why does he make this comparison?
a) The metaphor refers to the effect of city planners creating roads and streets out of wood to keep the city above the soggy ma
b) Murphy uses metaphors to make important comparisons without boring the reader.
c) Murphy calls it a highly combustible knot because there was explosions everywhere.
d) Murphy knew that the fireman's hoses were tangled in their plight to put out the fire.

What was Murphy referring to when he called Chicago a highly combustible knot?
a) The fireman's tangled hoses.
b) The explosions happening downtown.
c) Roads and sidewalks, like the strings of a knot, twist and turn through each other creating a tangled mess of pathways for fi
d) I am not sure

What pattern emerges when you look at how many fires break out each year from 1863 to 1870?
a) The number of fires is growing at an alarming rate.
b) They needed a better fire department
c) They were unable to put out fires quickly
d) People were careless with matches.

The author previously had personified the fire, describing it as “struggling to break free” and “greeting Sullivan”, and now as having “a thousand yellow-orange fingers.” What is the author’s purpose in using this language?
a) He wants the passage to be easy to read.
b) The author wants to suggest that the fire has a life of its own, and the people caught in the fire feel almost as if the fire
c) He likes to use metaphors and similes
d) He likes using hyperbole to motivate the reader.

Who wrote The Great Fire?
a) Robinson Murphy
b) Billy Murphy
c) Tim Murphy
d) Jim Murphy

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