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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Richard Daley visit the Democrat Party headquarters after city council meetings?
(a) He wanted to check what the marching orders were from the Party regulars.
(b) He owed the party his political allegiance.
(c) He served as Democrat Party Chairman.
(d) He needed the Party's help for his next election campaign.

2. 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 television commentator with several Chicago television stations.
(c) First baseman for the Chicago Cubs.
(d) Author and newspaper columnist with three Chicago newspapers.

3. How long was Richard Daley on the city payroll?
(a) At least the next 48 years.
(b) 23 years as mayor.
(c) 53 years.
(d) Sporadically over five decades.

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

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

6. 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.

7. 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) Smelting and extruding for iron workers.
(d) Typing and shorthand for a secretarial position.

8. What was Richard Daley's family background?
(a) German farm stock.
(b) Irish Catholic.
(c) Polish laborer.
(d) British gentry.

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

10. According to Royko, What will be the most-remembered political legacy of Richard Daley?
(a) That he was a political brawler.
(b) That he was upright and consistent.
(c) That he presided over successful public works.
(d) That he was kind and honest.

11. 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.

12. What did Richard Daley receive when he finally became Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party?
(a) Direct access to politicians from around the country.
(b) Access to funds from the National Democratic Party to use at his whims.
(c) Police protection for him and his family.
(d) Control over his own political machine.

13. What past time of Joe McDonough helped Richard Daley earn political status and why?
(a) McDonough spent much time at race tracks allowing Daley fill the responsibilities of McDonough's office.
(b) McDonough was a widely reputed alcoholic so Daley's departure was considered wise.
(c) McDonough was a philanderer so Daley began to sow the seeds of McDonugh's humiliation.
(d) McDonough enjoyed deep sea diving and left the office frequently to Daley's care.

14. How did Richard Daley regard suggestions from Independent members of the City Council?
(a) He would fly into a purple rage and publicly humilate those who proposed them.
(b) He would send his Chief of Staff to the council member to coerce his/her silence.
(c) He would contemplete them carefully upon their merits.
(d) He sent them to a subcomittee where they eventually die.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Richard Daley's day begin and end?

2. Who was the Republican candidate opposing Richard Daley in the 1955 Chicago mayoral election?

3. Into what type of neighborhood was Richard Daley born?

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

5. What is the name of a famous criminal that Mayor Big Bill Thompson allowed to walk freely through the streets of Chicago?

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