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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 was the name of the lawyer who investigated the relationship between Daley and Marovitz?

2. What was Richard Daley's family background?

3. According to Royko, What will be the most-remembered political legacy of Richard Daley?

4. Why did some members of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee believe that Richard Daley was not suited for the position of Chairman?

5. In what year was Richard Daley born?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the Democratic Central Committee and how did Richard Daley become a part of it?

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

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

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

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

6. How did Richard Daley become a candidate for his first election and for what party was he elected?

7. What was Richard Daley's first achievement as Mayor of Chicago in 1956?

8. What did Richard Daley's 1971 election victory mean for political observers around the country?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Draw a flow chart of the positions in the Cook County Democratic Party as it is detailed in Chapter IV. Ward Committee members who were most successful in turning out the vote earned the authority to fill the most patronage jobs. Based upon what you learned that Cook County Democrats, ". . . add up votes until they come out right . . ." how did this method of appointing patronage jobs not only corrupt elections, but also corrupt Chicago public service jobs? How did this corruption and the wealth it brought to supporters of the Democratic Party help the Machine dominate elections for decades?

Essay Topic 3

The 1968 Democratic National Convention was distracted by antiwar demonstrations and police brutality against war protesters. What were the warning signs between 1966 to the beginning of 1967 that President Johnson could have read before making the decision to make Chicago the host city of the convention? Why might President Johnson have been persuaded to choose Chicago as the host city in spite of the indications that turmoil might emerge from the charged political environment there? Explain President Johnson's responsibility for exposing the Democratic Party to the turmoil that erupted in Chicago.

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