The Great Fire By Jim Murphy! Novel Quiz

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Have you ever read “The Great Fire” by Jim Murphy? Would you be willing to try this quiz? With this quiz, you should be aware of where the fire started, as it was one of the worst disasters in American history, how many people were left homeless in Chicago, who first discovered the fire, and who used explosives to create a firebreak. You unequivocally need to take this noteworthy quiz.


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. 
    After the fire, William Kerfoot painted a sign that said ___ on his quickly built real estate office.
    • 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.

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