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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In his earlier years as Chicago Mayor, Richard Daley walked down Michigan Avenue to greet people. Why did he stop the practice?
(a) People who protested his power were a potential threat to his safety.
(b) The walk in the early morning air was hard on his declining health.
(c) The neighborhood became run-down and embarrassing.
(d) He moved to a new, spacious house which made a trip to Michigan for a walk impractical.

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

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

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

5. 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) He abused power for their benefit.
(d) They would get their kick-back.

6. 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?
(a) Richard Daley wanted to crack down harder on crime.
(b) Richard Daley wanted to limit the influence of the Federal Government.
(c) Richard Daley was too liberal and too connected to new Democrats.
(d) Richard Daley favored immigration control.

7. What happened to Richard Daley's chief opponent for Cook County Democratic Chairman shortly before the election?
(a) He withdrew because of health reasons.
(b) He mysteriously disappeared.
(c) He died in an auto accident.
(d) He died of a heart attack.

8. Who was the president that Richard Daley supposedly helped to elect?
(a) Adalai Stevenson.
(b) Lyndon Baines Johnson.
(c) Harry S. Truman.
(d) John F. Kennedy.

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

10. What kind of speaking style did Daley have?
(a) Amusing, friendly, and relaxing.
(b) Smooth, soothing, and inspiring.
(c) Rapid, pointed, and evasive.
(d) Coarse, blunt, and direct.

11. Richard Daley became connected with a judge named Abraham Lincoln Marovitz. How did they meet?
(a) They met when Daley took his only defense stand against Marovitz.
(b) They met when Marovitz was prosecuting one of Daley's gangster friends.
(c) They met at the wedding of Daley and his wife.
(d) They met when Marovitz was a young prosecutor and Daley was a clerk in the City Council.

12. What nickname did Richard Daley earn while national attention was focused on Chicago?
(a) "Dick the builder."
(b) "Daley the developer."
(c) "Richard the lionhearted."
(d) "Dick the bruiser."

13. To whom was Richard Daley most loyal according to Royko?
(a) Former teachers, businessmen, mothers and veterans.
(b) Croney's, lobbyists, politicians and presidents.
(c) Family, neighbors, old buddies, the corner grocer.
(d) Athletes, celebrities, the wealthy and oil sheiks.

14. What are patronage jobs?
(a) Public jobs that are issued through political connections.
(b) Service jobs that the government must provide.
(c) The name for jobs that have no other definition.
(d) Make-work jobs that have no real function.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Richard Daley present himself as in his first campaign for Mayor?

2. What was the profession of Mike Royko, author of "Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago"?

3. What organizations gave Richard Daley his most loyal support?

4. Richard Daley and who else knew how many patronage jobs existed?

5. How old was Richard Daley when he became a precinct captain for a South Side ward?

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