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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are two titles given to ward committeemen?
(a) "Our beloved leader", and "the boss."
(b) "The chosen one" and "the fair haired boy."
(c) "The clout", and "Mr. Big."
(d) "Our beloved leader" and "the clout."

2. Upon what has Richard Daley's quick rise in political influence been credited?
(a) His quiet and earnest work to help all voters get to the polls.
(b) His unique skill as an orator to persuade even the most seasoned officeholder to take action.
(c) His ability to see and negotiate his way through conflict.
(d) His membership in a club named the Hamburgs that spawned a number of successful Chicago politicians.

3. What was the label that was given to those who had similar views to Richard Daley in the Cook County Democratic Party?
(a) Young Thugs.
(b) The Liberals.
(c) New Democrats.
(d) The Neophytes.

4. What was among the influences for which Vito Marzullo was well known?
(a) Eliminated political enemies.
(b) Selecting judges.
(c) "Voting the graveyard."
(d) Finding new political talent.

5. What was in the front and back of Richard Daley's house?
(a) Roman Catholic statuary.
(b) Fountains.
(c) Chicago police officers.
(d) A spacious lawn.

6. Who was the Republican candidate opposing Richard Daley in the 1955 Chicago mayoral election?
(a) Alderman Robert Merriam.
(b) Dan Rostenkowski.
(c) Vito Marzullo.
(d) Martin Kennelly.

7. What defined the geographic areas of Chicago?
(a) Architecture.
(b) Ethnicity.
(c) Proximity to Lake Michigan.
(d) Political affiliations.

8. What was the result of Richard Daley's hard work with the Democratic Central Committee?
(a) Crime was reduced dramatically.
(b) Chicago became the model of political efficiency.
(c) Influence of Republicans was almost eliminated.
(d) Street repairs for Chicago received sufficient funding.

9. Where did the Introduction first appear?
(a) New York Times.
(b) Chicago Herald.
(c) Chicago Sun-Times.
(d) Chicago Tribune.

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

11. When was the Introduction written?
(a) After Daley won his last election.
(b) After an interview of Daley's widow.
(c) One day after Richard Daley died.
(d) While Daley was convalescing in the hospital.

12. What were the qualifications that a ward committeeman had to prove to get appointed to the head of a city department?
(a) They had to have or be working toward a master's degree related to the position for which they were contending.
(b) They had to deliver huge number of votes for Democrat candidates.
(c) They had to have an attractive resume filled with achievements that could be verified.
(d) A clean criminal background and at lease five years experience in a related field.

13. What public office traditionally rose through the Chicago Democratic political system?
(a) Judge.
(b) City Manager.
(c) Chief of Police.
(d) U.S. Senator.

14. 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, "Now that you are American it is you civic duty to vote."
(c) He would tell them, "If you don't vote, you might lose your public housing."
(d) He would tell them, "Voting helps you protect the freedoms for which you left your homeland."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Richard Daley's family background?

2. Who was the president who appointed Abraham Marovitz and what year was it done?

3. What did Richard Daley persist in calling Chicago O'Hare International Airport?

4. What role did Joe McDonough play in shaping Richard Daley's political career?

5. Royko reported that ___________ were not upset with Richard Daley's abuses of power.

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