Db Ch 15

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  • 1. 
    Which is true regarding the crime of arson in the United States?
    • A. 

      The number of arsons per year has decreased somewhat since the late 1970's

    • B. 

      Arson is a low priority crime for many police departments and usually has low clearance rates

    • C. 

      In most states arson is classified as a property crime

    • D. 

      The average annual cost of arson in the U.S. is estimated at $1 billion and approximately 300 lives

  • 2. 
    Which reasons explain why arsonists are so difficult to convict?
    • A. 

      Lack of public concern about arson as a crime

    • B. 

      Slow payments by insurance companies for losses

    • C. 

      Lack of adequate training in fire investigation

    • D. 

      Reluctance by prosecutors to file arson cases

  • 3. 
    Which are considered to be appropriate roles for fire fighters who put out a suspicious fire? I.     Investigate the fire's origin II.    Detect the possibility of arson III.   Investigate the crime of arson
    • A. 

      I, II

    • B. 

      II, III

    • C. 

      I, III

    • D. 

      I, II, III

  • 4. 
    The first step in an arson investigation should be to:
    • A. 

      Uncover possible motives of likely suspects

    • B. 

      Question witnesses for possible suspects

    • C. 

      Interview the owner's insurance representative

    • D. 

      Locate the point of origin for the fire

  • 5. 
    Which physical evidence in a fire indicates burning alcohol?
    • A. 

      Black smoke

    • B. 

      Blue-orange flames

    • C. 

      Green-purple flames

    • D. 

      White smoke

  • 6. 
    Which are examples of "trailers"?
    • A. 

      Gasoline

    • B. 

      Gunpowder

    • C. 

      Alcohol

  • 7. 
    Which motive for arson accounts for 50 percent of all arsons?
    • A. 

      Revenge

    • B. 

      Pyromania

    • C. 

      Insurance fraud

    • D. 

      Crime concealment

  • 8. 
    Which characteristics describe the typical pyromaniac?
    • A. 

      White male

    • B. 

      Late teens

    • C. 

      High intelligence

    • D. 

      Middle to high income level

  • 9. 
    Which are recommendations for bomb searchers to follow?
    • A. 

      Only one person should search the premesis

    • B. 

      Listen with eyes closed when entering the room

    • C. 

      Cut any visible electric wires attached to a probable bomb

    • D. 

      Search first around room walls and then move to the cventer of the room

  • 10. 
    The longer a fire burns, the pattern of alligatoring will become larger and less shallow
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Circumstantial evidence in an arson case includes an establishment of both motive and opportunity
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Pyromaniacs are associated with sexual perversion and tend to have difficulty in sustaining good relationships with the opposite sex
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Few arson cases lead to arrests, and fewer than 20 percent of arrests result in convictions
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Only fires determined through investigation to have been willfully or maliciously set are classified as arsons. Fires of suspicious or unknown origins and excluded from this category.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Each year, fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    When measured on a cost per incident basis, arson is the most expensive crime committed
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Propertly losses related to arson are estimated at $ ___________ annually
    • A. 

      5 billion

    • B. 

      50 billion

    • C. 

      100 billion

    • D. 

      10 billion

    • E. 

      25 billion

  • 18. 
    ___________ arson is the deliberate burning of property while creating an imminent danger to human life or risking great bodily harm
    • A. 

      Aggravated

    • B. 

      Simple

    • C. 

      Lethal

    • D. 

      Intentional

    • E. 

      Revenge

  • 19. 
    ___________ arson is the deliberate burning of property that does not create a risk to human life
    • A. 

      Aggravated

    • B. 

      Simple

    • C. 

      Typical

    • D. 

      Intentional

    • E. 

      Misdemeanor

  • 20. 
    Why is the investigation of fire difficult?
    • A. 

      80 percent of fire protection in the United States are volunteer departments trained to put fires out but not investigate

    • B. 

      The point of origin in a fire is usually destroyed suring the extinguishment of the fire

    • C. 

      The increased use of untracebale accelerants being used to ignite and sustain fires

    • D. 

      The proving of motive is extremely difficult in most cases

  • 21. 
    Few fire departments have the legal authority to investigate arson fires
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    When the question of _________ is addressed, the matter becomes a law enforcement concern
    • A. 

      Why the fire was started

    • B. 

      Who started the fire

    • C. 

      How the fire started

    • D. 

      Where the fire began

  • 23. 
    Arson does not have an immediate corpus delecti. It is therefore the responsibility of the investigator to prove that a specific fire did occur and that it was ignited deliberately.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    The most commonly used accelerants are gasoline, kerosene, turpentine, and diesel fuel. These are all organic compounds containing mixtures of _________
    • A. 

      Hydrocarbon molecules

    • B. 

      Alkaline acids

    • C. 

      Petroleum bases

    • D. 

      Fossil fuels

  • 25. 
    One of the most advanced techniques for detecting accelerants in fire debris is called _________ 
    • A. 

      Headspace gas chromatography

    • B. 

      Alligatoring

    • C. 

      "sniffer" dogs

    • D. 

      Hydrochloric mastsensory

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