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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Richard Daley persist in calling Chicago O'Hare International Airport?
(a) The Chicago Airstrip.
(b) The Airfield.
(c) O'Hara.
(d) Kennedy International.

2. When did Richard Daley prepare for speeches he gave to civic organizations?
(a) On his way to the speech.
(b) During weekends when he did not work.
(c) During free time he had over the week before he gave his speech.
(d) Over dinners with his wife.

3. How were many of the precinct committee positions earned through the years?
(a) Through family connections or nepotism.
(b) Through winning public support for a cause or virtue.
(c) Through hard work or devotion.
(d) Through paying for favors or graft.

4. What major political event was guided by Richard Daley's leadership in 1956?
(a) Vice President Richard Nixon's "Kitchen Debate" with Nikita Nikita Khrushchev.
(b) Harry Truman held up a copy of the Chicago Tribune that announced, "Dewey Defeats Truman!"
(c) President Dwight D. Eisenhower's announcement that he was running for re-election.
(d) The Democratic National Convention.

5. What is the topic for Chapter II?
(a) Chicago and organized crime.
(b) Chicago models apartied.
(c) Richard Daley comes of age.
(d) Richard Daley's rough life.

6. If Chicagoans were disagreeable when they raised complaints to the city, how did Richard Daley regard their complaint?
(a) He would see to it that their situation got worse than when they registered their complaint.
(b) He tried not to get involved as the situation could become politically challenging.
(c) He would send the complaint to the appropriate committee.
(d) He would take extra care to see their complaint was answered.

7. What did people have to do to stay safe in Chicago while Richard Daley was growing up?
(a) Speak softly and carry a big stick.
(b) Wear safety helmets.
(c) Show courtesy to women and children.
(d) Stay in their own neighborhood with their own kind.

8. What would ward committeemen do if they could not win election to an additional public office?
(a) They would operate their own business that was given preferential treatment by the city government.
(b) They were given prime jobs running city departments.
(c) They would give themselves the best patronage jobs.
(d) They would make additional money running a protection racket through the Chicago Police Department.

9. What was the profession of Mike Royko, author of "Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago"?
(a) Author and city official in Chicago.
(b) Author and newspaper columnist with three Chicago newspapers.
(c) Author and television commentator with several Chicago television stations.
(d) First baseman for the Chicago Cubs.

10. What was one of Richard Daley's first achievements as mayor?
(a) He won additional funds for Chicago public schools.
(b) He sought and received increased tax revenue through the Republican Governor of Illinois.
(c) He established a new affordable bus service to enhance mass transit.
(d) He got federal funds to make Chicago streets part of the Interstate Highway system.

11. Into what type of neighborhood was Richard Daley born?
(a) Irish-Catholic on the South-side of Chicago.
(b) Slavic-Orthodox on the Southest corner of Chicago.
(c) French-Catholic on the shores of Lake Michigan.
(d) German-Lutheran on the Northwest corner of Chicago.

12. Who did Richard Daley usually see first when he arrived at his office?
(a) His secretary.
(b) The press.
(c) The Chief of Police.
(d) His chief of staff.

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

14. How were patronage jobs issued in Chicago?
(a) Applications were taken and candidates went through a stringent interview process.
(b) The mayor gave them to the precinct where he had the most friends.
(c) They were bid upon by qualified candidates.
(d) They were distributed to ward committeemen who delivered the highest voter turnout.

15. Why did Royko suggest that immigrants were tolerant of Richard Daley's abuses of power?
(a) They were accustomed to czars, kings, and emperors using power like a club.
(b) They knew if they were patient they would get theirs.
(c) They would get their kick-back.
(d) He abused power for their benefit.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was among the promises that Daley made during the campaign?

2. What talent of Richard Daley's earned him praise from Democrats around the country?

3. What was the first stop that Richard Daley made everyday?

4. Who was the Democrat official who became a rival to Daley in his climb to the chairmanship of the Democratic Central Committee?

5. What was Richard Daley's unusual moral code?

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