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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What talent of Richard Daley's earned him praise from Democrats around the country?
(a) His ability to turn out votes.
(b) His knack for organizing meetings.
(c) His ability to smear Republican opponents.
(d) His ability to deliver stirring speeches.

2. What was the first stop that Richard Daley made everyday?
(a) A local coffee shop for a doughnut.
(b) St. Peter's for Daily Mass.
(c) Chicago City Hall.
(d) A convenience store for a newspaper and a cup of coffee.

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

4. What did Richard Daley leave behind after his death?
(a) A wife and three sons.
(b) A "gouging, grabbing, tripping" fight for his power.
(c) Huge public deficits that are still being paid off.
(d) A modest home on the southside of Chicago.

5. Upon what has Richard Daley's quick rise in political influence been credited?
(a) His membership in a club named the Hamburgs that spawned a number of successful Chicago politicians.
(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 quiet and earnest work to help all voters get to the polls.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did ward committeemen use their influence to encourage participation in elections?

2. In what year did Richard Daley win the Chairmanship of the Cook County Democratic Party?

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

4. What was the reputation of the mayor who preceded Richard Daley?

5. How were the various Chicago neighborhoods sustained economically?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Richard Daley's opponent for the campaign for his fourth term as mayor and what were the issues the opponent raised during the campaign?

2. What were some of the things that police were involved in that made the Chicago Police Department corrupt?

3. What was the name of a club that Richard Daley belonged to and who did he meet in that club that taught him about Chicago politics?

4. What was the most notable contribution Richard Daley made to the Cook County Democratic Central Committee and how was it shown?

5. What was the school that Richard Daley attended after high school and what sort of skills did that school teach?

6. What did Richard Daley's 1971 election victory mean for political observers around the country?

7. What was the motivation for Richard Daley to maintain segregation?

8. What were some of the events that happened over the years along the route Richard Daley took to work?

9. What was the event that set the stage for violent confrontations at the 1968 Democrat National Convention scheduled for Chicago?

10. What did Richard Daley's 1971 election margin mean for his future influence over Chicago?

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