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

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

3. What organizations gave Richard Daley his most loyal support?

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

5. What were some of the other visible changes that Richard Daley made during his first year as mayor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 were the three types of party officials in a precinct for the Cook County Democratic Party and what did they expect from their efforts?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Joe McDonough's fondness for gambling help Richard Daley's career with City Hall and the Chicago Democratic Central Committee? Which of McDonough's rules, "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," served him best while he covered for McDonough? How could Daley have hurt his career with regard to the neglect McDonough showed for his responsibilities? Do you believe that Daley was covering for a friend or picking up valuable experience in running an office and earning a reputation as someone who would make sure the job is done?

Essay Topic 2

How does Daley's personal history affect your view of politics and government? Does Daley's climb to power interest you to be involved in politics? Write a persuasive essay on what sort of characteristics are important for an elected official and why it is important to know the types of personal relationships that official keeps.

Essay Topic 3

Richard Daley's control over the Machine has been credited with providing the votes that helped John F. Kennedy defeat Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election. If this is so it not only dramatically changed history, but it also showed that the American electoral system was corrupted by political influences. Take one of three subjects for a three paragraph essay:

1. How would the country have been different if Richard Daley's Machine was not involved in the 1960 election and Richard Nixon had become president?

2. What are the consequences to the country if a metropolitan mayor can determine who becomes president? Are there any benefits? What are they? What are the damages to democracy that is posed by such a situation?

3. What are the threats to justice and liberty if elections can be manipulated by powerful individuals? How can such power be confronted?

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