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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Richard Daley's talent affect the 1948 election?
(a) He knew how to use his office to raise funds.
(b) His ability to turn out votes helped Harry Truman win the presidential election.
(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.

2. Richard Daley had a role in getting Abraham Marovitz appointed to what position?
(a) The Department of Defense.
(b) The Supreme Court.
(c) The U.S. Federal District Court.
(d) The State Department.

3. What happened when Richard Daley ran for his second term?
(a) He chose to step aside and run for state senate.
(b) He was overwhelmingly re-elected.
(c) The election ended in a draw and Daley ended up being selected by the Chicago City Council.
(d) Corruption and segregation caused him to be narrowly defeated by Robert Merriam.

4. Who was among the more famous ward committeemen from the South Side of Chicago?
(a) Abraham Marovitz.
(b) Adalai Stevenson.
(c) Vito Marzullo.
(d) Al Capone.

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

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

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

8. Richard Daley and who else knew how many patronage jobs existed?
(a) No one.
(b) The Mayor of Chicago.
(c) The President of the United States.
(d) The Governor of Illinois.

9. What was the result to Richard Daley from the unusual circumstance of Clarence Wagner dropping out of the contest for Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee?
(a) Daley was both feared and respected by the hard fighting politicians in Chicago.
(b) Richard Daley became Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.
(c) Richard Daley was suspected of being corrupt and unworthy of trust for several years.
(d) Daley was seen as an uncouth opportunist who took advantage of the misfortunes of his political opponenets.

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

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

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

13. What were the campaign issues pressed by the Republican candidate in the 1955 Chicago mayoral election?
(a) Equal rights and desegregation.
(b) Inconsistent garbage removal and government waste.
(c) Corruption in the Police Department and the Democratic Machine.
(d) School funding and violent crime.

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

15. What was Richard Daley's unusual moral code?
(a) I don't care what you do as long as I don't catch you doing it.
(b) Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Democrat.
(c) Do as I say, not as I do.
(d) Thou shalt not steal but though shalt not blow the whistle on anybody who does.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Richard Daley regard suggestions from Independent members of the City Council?

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

3. What would happen to ward committeemen if they did not deliver votes on election day?

4. To whom was Richard Daley most loyal according to Royko?

5. What was one of Richard Daley's first achievements as mayor?

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