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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What organizations gave Richard Daley his most loyal support?
(a) Law enforcement agencies.
(b) Bowling leagues.
(c) Public schools.
(d) Labor unions.

3. Who did Richard Daley help to get nominated for the 1956 Democratic candidate for president?
(a) John F. Kennedy.
(b) Harry Truman.
(c) Adalai Stevenson.
(d) Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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

5. In what year did Richard Daley die?
(a) 1966.
(b) 1866.
(c) 1976.
(d) 1986.

6. How many patronage jobs did Vito Marzullo have for his precinct?
(a) 400 per zip code.
(b) 40.
(c) 400.
(d) 4000.

7. What did Royko describe as Richard Daley's character traits?
(a) Studious, resolved, calm and patient.
(b) Loud, profane, immoral and angry.
(c) Hot-tempered, simple, devious and powerful.
(d) Simple, quiet, humble and kind.

8. How did Royko describe Richard Daley's response to political brawls in Chicago?
(a) He would ignore it had let it take its course.
(b) He would take sides and use his power to crush his opponents.
(c) He'd sit in the middle of it all and and look as happy as a kid at a birthday party.
(d) He would call a truce and negotiate between the warring factions.

9. What skills did Richard Daley learn in the Christian Brothers technical school?
(a) Smelting and extruding for iron workers.
(b) Welding a pipefitting for plumbers.
(c) Typing and shorthand for a secretarial position.
(d) Jabbing and dodging for boxers.

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

11. What role did Joe McDonough play in shaping Richard Daley's political career?
(a) He chose Daley as his Chief of Staff.
(b) He introduced Daley to his wife.
(c) He rented a room to Daley so he could get to work on time.
(d) He taught Daley the ins and outs of Chicago's political machine.

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

13. 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 ability to see and negotiate his way through conflict.
(c) His unique skill as an orator to persuade even the most seasoned officeholder to take action.
(d) His membership in a club named the Hamburgs that spawned a number of successful Chicago politicians.

14. Royko reported that _______________ were most suspicious of Richard Daley.
(a) Illinois governors.
(b) Outsiders to Chicago.
(c) Republicans.
(d) Congressmen.

15. How did Richard Daley's talent affect the 1948 election?
(a) His ability to turn out votes helped Harry Truman win the presidential election.
(b) He knew how to use his office to raise funds.
(c) He developed campaign ads that made people believe that Thomas Dewey was planning to desegregate Chicago.
(d) He was able to organize campaign ralleys that helped Harry Truman win the presidential election.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was one of the issues that members of the Democratic Central Committee used to oppose Richard Daley during his campaign to become Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee?

2. What was the label that was given to those who had similar views to Richard Daley in the Cook County Democratic Party?

3. What was the first unusual decision that Richard Daley made after he was elected mayor?

4. What kind of speaking style did Daley have?

5. Why did Royko consider Richard Daley to be a believable father figure to Chicagoans?

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