Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When did Richard Daley prepare for speeches he gave to civic organizations?

2. To what or whom did Royko compare Richard Daley's character?

3. Richard Daley became connected with a judge named Abraham Lincoln Marovitz. How did they meet?

4. When was the Introduction written?

5. What was one of Richard Daley's first achievements as mayor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are two daily rituals that Richard Daley had on his trip to work?

3. What was the "Battle of Michigan Avenue"?

4. Why, according to Mike Royko, were immigrants supportive of Richard Daley?

5. How were Chicago neighborhoods like small towns when Richard Daley was growing up?

6. 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?

7. What did Mike Royko believe will come of the memory of Richard Daley's reign as Mayor of Chicago?

8. 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?

9. Who was Richard Daley's first opponent in the 1955 Chicago mayoral election and what made him a good candidate against Daley?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based upon what your read in "Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago," do you consider the goals of the Chicago desegregation movement to be for political power or for social access? Write an expository essay detailing your position. Use at least three examples from the book that support your view.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Richard Daley had many good characteristics, but he also used those characteristics in a way that they were corrupted. Write an expository essay on how Richard Daley used some very important character qualities to achieve a goal but allowed those qualities to be used for a system that was corrupted. Conclude your essay with whether or not you believe that corruption such as was ingrained in the Cook County Democratic Party can be cleaned up and how the positive character qualities of Richard Daley could have been used in that cause.

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