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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what year was Richard Daley born?

3. Daley did not personally attack his opponent, but what was one of the things the Democratic Machine did during the election?

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

5. In his earlier years as Chicago Mayor, Richard Daley walked down Michigan Avenue to greet people. Why did he stop the practice?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who opposed Richard Daley's candidacy for Cook County Democratic Chairman, and how did Daley end up getting the position?

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

4. What was the result of the turmoil during the 1968 Democratic National Convention to Richard Daley's personal popularity?

5. Who was Abraham Lincoln Marovitz and how did he become acquainted with Richard Daley?

6. What was Richard Daley's margin of victory in 1971 and what did it mean for his power over Chicago?

7. Who won the 1960 presidential election and what was Richard Daley's role in the victory?

8. What did a grand jury report on Richard Daley's 68th birthday?

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

10. How did Richard Daley perform in the segregated neighborhoods during the election for his fourth term, and to what did Daley attribute the results?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think of the rules of Chicago politics: ". . . help your friends, hurt your enemies, adjust a case through the police and add up the votes until they come out right. Most important rule--don't get caught. Don't repeat what you hear." How did these rules help to develop a closed political system that exerted control over what was then the country's second most populated city? Write a full examination of what it would take for these rules to have control over the city and how each contributes to the strength of the other. Which do you consider most important in a political system? Why?

Essay Topic 2

What is propaganda and how did Richard Daley and the Machine use propaganda to shape public opinion of his job performance and win elections? Cite at least four examples from the book in developing your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Based upon how Chapter II reported on the infiltration of Chicago City Hall by gangs and criminals and the affect they had on law enforcement and the judicial system, write a persuasive essay on why or why not personal adherence to ethical standards is important to people in leadership positions.

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