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

2. Why did some members of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee believe that Richard Daley was not suited for the position of Chairman?
(a) His professional background was considered to be to controversial.
(b) He was too conservative.
(c) Some saw him as too liberal.
(d) He was thought to be indecisive.

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

4. How old was Richard Daley when he became a precinct captain for a South Side ward?
(a) 21.
(b) 25.
(c) 35.
(d) 17.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What personal relationship was Richard Daley maintaining that gave him the incentive to do well when he was working for Joe McDonough in the Cook County Treasurer's Office?

2. Who did Richard Daley usually see first when he arrived at his office?

3. What was Richard Daley's advice to city officials getting money on the sly?

4. Why did Royko suggest that immigrants were tolerant of Richard Daley's abuses of power?

5. What is the relationship between the precinct captain and the ward committeeman in the Cook County Democratic Party?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Chicago's city government conspire to segregate neighborhoods?

2. Who did Richard Daley appoint to get corruption under control and what were his qualifications?

3. What was a rumor the Democratic Machine spread about Alderman Robert Merriam to help Richard Daley's win the 1955 mayoral election?

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

5. What were three scandals that plagued the Chicago Police Department in 1959 and 1960?

6. What were Richard Daley's two contrasting moral positions that Mike Royko detailed in the Introduction?

7. How did Richard Daley become a candidate for Mayor of Chicago?

8. What infamous Chicago event took place in 1919 the day after Richard Daley graduated from his post-high school training and why was it important to Daley's story?

9. Who were two important candidates that Richard Daley chose to run for office after the turmoil of the 1968 Democrat National Convention and why was it important for them to win?

10. Why did leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination of 1972 congratulate Richard Daley on his 1971 election victory?

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