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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. What is the topic for Chapter IV?

3. How did Richard Daley's talent affect the 1948 election?

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

5. What was the profession of Mike Royko, author of "Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were three scandals that plagued the Chicago Police Department in 1959 and 1960?

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

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 was the comparison Mike Royko made between Richard Daley and the people of the City of Chicago?

7. What was Richard Daley's strategy regarding dirty campaigning?

8. How did Chicago's city government conspire to segregate neighborhoods?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Based upon how Chapter II reported on the infiltration of Chicago City Hall by gangs and criminals and the affect they had on law enforcement and the judicial system, write a persuasive essay on why or why not personal adherence to ethical standards is important to people in leadership positions.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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