Excerpt from The Canadian New First, Second and Third Year Examinations for Engineers and Firemen: Complete Explanatory and Instructive Answers to the Three Series of Examination Questions, Covering in Detail Locomotive Firing, Including Combustion and Care of the Boiler
The ... purpose of examinations is to test the amount of knowledge a fireman has and thereby determine to some extent his fitness for promotion. Students should not imagine it is enough merely to learn the answers to the examinations without getting a thor ough understanding of the principles. All the facts in connection with each and every question in each of the examinations should be so thoroughly mas tered and understood that the question could be asked from any angle and s satisfactory answer be given.
While these answers are intended to aid and as sist students to prepare for examinations they are not intended to be copied or learned by heart with out a full and complete understanding of the sub jeeta covered. This understanding can be acquired only by actual experience together with observation and study and it is for the purpose of helping the fireman to educate himself in that manner that this little book is sent forth upon its mission.
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