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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. Where were the headquarters of the Chicago Democrat Party in relation to Richard Daley's office?

2. What was the first stop that Richard Daley made everyday?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What types of jobs did ward committeemen hold?

2. How did Richard Daley deal with scandals and inefficiencies within the city departments in Chicago?

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

4. What event caused violence to increase during protests against Chicago's segregation?

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

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

7. What was Richard Daley's response when a commission ruled the Chicago Police Department was to treat African-Americans the same as whites?

8. What was the comparison Mike Royko made between Richard Daley and the people of the City of Chicago?

9. In earlier times how would a ward committeeman coerce immigrants to vote for Democrats?

10. What effort was taken to prove that Chicago was rigidly segregated and what was the result?

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

After a study found that the Chicago Police were more abusive to African-Americans than they were to whites, the commission suggested blacks and whites be treated more equitably. Richard Daley responded by ordering that whites apprehended by police receive more severe treatment. How was this decision by Daley, along with other events, a precursor to the violence that overshadowed the 1968 Democrat National Convention? Identify at least two other events that suggested Chicago was a dangerous site for the convention.

Essay Topic 3

Write a persuasive essay addressing the following questions: Is it practical to hold a political system to a set of standards when it is contending for power and wealth? How can your participation in the political system hold it to account for upholding particular ethical standards? At what point would you be willing to abandon one party for involvement in another party when you become disappointed with the ethical qualities of political candidates your party offers?

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