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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. In Chicago City Hall, Richard Daley was known by all of the following except:

2. In what year did Richard Daley earn a position in the Cook County Democratic Central Committee?

3. If Chicagoans were disagreeable when they raised complaints to the city, how did Richard Daley regard their complaint?

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

5. Who was the president who appointed Abraham Marovitz and what year was it done?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What law enforcement order did Richard Daley make during riots that broke out after the assassination of Martin Luther King?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. How did Richard Daley respond to rumors of an anti-war faction planning to cause trouble at the 1968 Democrat National Convention?

10. How did Richard Daley present himself in his first campaign for Mayor of Chicago?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A burglary scandal in the police department brought Richard Daley to his lowest point emotionally and politically in early 1960, but his appointment of Orlando Wilson to Chief of Police and his electoral victories in the 1960 election (under very suspicious circumstances) brought many to consider Daley the second most powerful man in the country. How might Daley's administration and the influence of the Machine been affected if the 1960 election had not been so convincing?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How did Richard Daley's practice of paying top union scale for public works jobs affect the cost of the labor market in Chicago? What was the pressure on private employers to compete for skilled workers? Who actually paid the high wages for these workers? Who also eventually paid for the increased costs of production in businesses that had their operations and factories in Chicago?

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