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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. Into what type of neighborhood was Richard Daley born?

2. What made the Cook County Democratic Central Committee so powerful?

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

4. What was the first unusual decision that Richard Daley made after he was elected mayor?

5. What happened when the incumbent mayor before Richard Daley made his appeal before the Cook County Central Committee that was chaired by Daley?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is nepotism and how did Richard Daley use it?

2. How did Richard Daley decide whose complaints will get satisfactory treatment?

3. How did Richard Daley earn and keep the support of unions?

4. Who was Mike Royko and what was his interest in Richard Daley?

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

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

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

8. What was the name of a club that Richard Daley belonged to and who did he meet in that club that taught him about Chicago politics?

9. What was the motivation for Richard Daley to maintain segregation?

10. Where was Richard Daley customarily dropped off in the early years that he was Mayor of Chicago to make his regular stops before he went to City Hall, and why was that drop-off point changed?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What part of Richard Daley's personal background made him intolerant of officials in his administration who had extramarital affairs? Do you consider his strong moral stand in this area to be inconsistent with his obvious tolerance of officials who abused their power for financial gain as long as they did not get caught? Explain how this inconsistency actually made him more dangerous in the corruption he accepted.

Essay Topic 2

Consider how Richard Daley used his position as Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee to unseat his predecessor, Democratic Mayor Martin Kennelly. How do you think Daley's tactics motivated him to hold onto the chairmanship of the party after he won election as Mayor? How do you think that Daley's action against Kennelly shaped his attitudes toward Democrats who challenged his authority? Apply Joe McDonough's rule, ". . . help your friends, punish your enemies . . ." to develop your response. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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