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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Richard Daley's family background?
(a) British gentry.
(b) Polish laborer.
(c) Irish Catholic.
(d) German farm stock.

2. What talent of Richard Daley's earned him praise from Democrats around the country?
(a) His knack for organizing meetings.
(b) His ability to turn out votes.
(c) His ability to deliver stirring speeches.
(d) His ability to smear Republican opponents.

3. What was the most important rule Richard Daley learned from Joe McDonough?
(a) Don't call us, we'll call you.
(b) Don't look back, something may be gaining on you.
(c) Don't get caught.
(d) Keep a stiff upper lip.

4. What made the Cook County Democratic Central Committee so powerful?
(a) It was led by Adalai Stevenson.
(b) It had direct links to Harry Truman.
(c) It was directed from Washington, D.C.
(d) It set Democratic Party policy in Chicago and Cook County.

5. How did ward committeemen use their influence to encourage participation in elections?
(a) He would tell them, "Voting makes you as powerful as the people in elected office."
(b) He would tell them, "Voting helps you protect the freedoms for which you left your homeland."
(c) He would tell them, "Now that you are American it is you civic duty to vote."
(d) He would tell them, "If you don't vote, you might lose your public housing."

6. What past time of Joe McDonough helped Richard Daley earn political status and why?
(a) McDonough was a widely reputed alcoholic so Daley's departure was considered wise.
(b) McDonough enjoyed deep sea diving and left the office frequently to Daley's care.
(c) McDonough spent much time at race tracks allowing Daley fill the responsibilities of McDonough's office.
(d) McDonough was a philanderer so Daley began to sow the seeds of McDonugh's humiliation.

7. Who was the last elected Chicago Mayor before Richard Daley?
(a) Dan Rostenkowski.
(b) Vito Marzullo.
(c) Robert Merriam.
(d) Martin Kennelly.

8. How were the various Chicago neighborhoods sustained economically?
(a) Each neighborhood had a core of entreprenuers who created jobs.
(b) Each neighborhood was able to earn federal funds to support racial minorities.
(c) Each neighborhood had industrial plants to employ local residents.
(d) Each neighborhood had a connection with organized crime and rum runners.

9. How old was Richard Daley when he became a precinct captain for a South Side ward?
(a) 25.
(b) 21.
(c) 17.
(d) 35.

10. What is the topic of Chapter I?
(a) Richard Daley's daily routine.
(b) Chicago's transformation under Richard Daley's rule.
(c) Richard Daley's political growth.
(d) Richard Daley's boyhood home.

11. Daley did not personally attack his opponent, but what was one of the things the Democratic Machine did during the election?
(a) It passed around Merriam's divorce papers in Catholic neighborhoods.
(b) It doctored documents that showed Daley's opponent stole public money for his business.
(c) It passed around photographs suggesting Daley's opponenet was having an illicit affair.
(d) It stole yard signs of Daley's opponent.

12. In what year did Richard Daley earn a position in the Cook County Democratic Central Committee?
(a) 1968.
(b) 1936.
(c) 1942.
(d) 1954.

13. In earlier times how did ward committeemen win influence over immigrants?
(a) They helped them fill out papers and figure out their taxes and licenses.
(b) They helped them find homes and jobs.
(c) They helped them get the forms that helped to keep them in the country.
(d) They dispatched henchmen to threaten them if they were not compliant.

14. What was Richard Daley able to accomplish with the additional funding that the Republican Governor of Illinois granted to Chicago in 1956?
(a) Show the parents of school children that he wanted to improve education.
(b) Begin new construction and present tangible proof to the voters that he is wasting no time in improving the city.
(c) Show the voters who could not afford a car that he would help them get to work.
(d) Show decision makers in Washington that he could support their plans.

15. What did Richard Daley present himself as in his first campaign for Mayor?
(a) He ran as a law and order candidate devoted to fighting crime.
(b) He ran as a skillful mediator who could handle conflicts.
(c) He ran as a fiscal conservative who would balance budgets.
(d) He presented himself as a hard-working family man.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year was Richard Daley born?

2. Royko reported that _______________ were most suspicious of Richard Daley.

3. Where were the headquarters of the Chicago Democrat Party in relation to Richard Daley's office?

4. How did Richard Daley's day begin and end?

5. What happened when the incumbent mayor before Richard Daley made his appeal before the Cook County Central Committee that was chaired by Daley?

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