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The Great Fire By Jim Murphy

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Quiz from the book The Great Fire by Jim Murphy.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The fire started where?
    • A. 

      At the Tribune building

    • B. 

      At Goll's Drug Store

    • C. 

      At the barn of Patrick and Catherine O'Leary

    • D. 

      At St. Paul's Church

    • E. 

      On the prarie

  • 2. 
    Where did another devastating fire begin on that same day?
    • A. 

      PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania

    • B. 

      Topeka, Kansas

    • C. 

      Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    • D. 

      Peshtigo, Wisconsin

    • E. 

      Springfield, Illinois

  • 3. 
    What were some of the groups blamed for the spread of the "great conflagration"?
    • A. 

      Firefighters, poor, immigrants

    • B. 

      Mayor, builders, business owners

    • C. 

      Governor, police, wealthy homeowners

    • D. 

      County supervisors, city workers, park officials

  • 4. 
    How many people were left homeless in Chicago?
    • A. 

      Nearly 10,000

    • B. 

      About 50,000

    • C. 

      Nearly 100,000

    • D. 

      Over 500,000

    • E. 

      1,000,000

  • 5. 
    Who first discovered the fire?
    • A. 

      Dennis Rogan

    • B. 

      Thomas White

    • C. 

      Catherine O'Leary

    • D. 

      Patrick O'Leary

    • E. 

      Daniel "Peg Leg" Sullivan

  • 6. 
    Who used explosives to create a firebreak?
    • A. 

      Bruno Goll

    • B. 

      Joseph Chamberlin

    • C. 

      James Hildreth

    • D. 

      Alexander Frear

    • E. 

      William Lee

  • 7. 
    What was the weakness of "fireproof" buildings?
    • A. 

      Wrought iron I beams

    • B. 

      Brick wall partitions

    • C. 

      Corrugated iron ceilings

    • D. 

      Tar saturated wood on the roofs

    • E. 

      Granite block exterior

  • 8. 
    How did some people make money after the fire?
    • A. 

      They took pictures of people after the fire.

    • B. 

      They sold water after the fire.

    • C. 

      They located loved ones after the fire.

    • D. 

      They made crafts after the fire.

    • E. 

      They sold souvenirs from the fire.

  • 9. 
    How was the debris from the fire dealt with?
    • A. 

      It was dumped into Lake Michigan.

    • B. 

      It was sent to the city dump in the south.

    • C. 

      It was hauled away to the country.

    • D. 

      It was burned in the center of the city.

    • E. 

      It was sent to a recycling center.

  • 10. 
    Officials estimated that __ people died in the fire.
    • A. 

      30

    • B. 

      300

    • C. 

      3,000

    • D. 

      30,000

  • 11. 
    What were some of the things that contributed to the early spread of the fire?
    • A. 

      Mathias Schaffer thought the new fire was part of the fire from the night before.

    • B. 

      Bruno Goll would not give the key to the alarm box.

    • C. 

      Firefighters were exhausted from fighting a fire the previous night.

    • D. 

      The wrong fire box signal was sent.

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    Who was a twelve year old who was separated from their family during the fire?  They later found their father at the remains of their home.
    • A. 

      Horace White

    • B. 

      Julie Lemos

    • C. 

      Claire Innes

    • D. 

      Robert Mason

    • E. 

      Catherine O'Leary

  • 13. 
    The miracle that ended the fire was ___.
    • A. 

      The lightning stopped.

    • B. 

      The wind changed direction.

    • C. 

      The wind died down.

    • D. 

      It began to rain.

    • E. 

      The waterworks began working again.

  • 14. 
    In July 1874 the city of Chicago outlawed ___.
    • A. 

      Barns in the city

    • B. 

      Buildings of three or more stories

    • C. 

      Decorative wood on buildings

    • D. 

      Wooden sidewalks

  • 15. 
    The Chicago School evolved after the fire.  What was it referring to? 
    • A. 

      Water treatment

    • B. 

      Fire fighting methods

    • C. 

      Architecture

    • D. 

      New education practices

  • 16. 
    • A. 

      Water here--smokey, but good.

    • B. 

      Fire relics for sale.

    • C. 

      Chicago lives on.

    • D. 

      Buy your house here.

    • E. 

      All gone but wife, children, and energy.