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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. Why did Richard Daley make the unusual move?

2. Why did Richard Daley earn a nickname while he was using public funding for various public works projects?

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

4. Who was among the more famous ward committeemen from the South Side of Chicago?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who were two important candidates that Richard Daley chose to run for office after the turmoil of the 1968 Democrat National Convention and why was it important for them to win?

2. Who opposed Richard Daley's candidacy for Cook County Democratic Chairman, and how did Daley end up getting the position?

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

4. Why did the grand jury report on the Black Panther shootings cause problems for Daley's administration?

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

6. Why did Richard Daley have a daily meeting with the director of patronage and why was it important to his power?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based upon what you know of how criminals had infiltrated Chicago City Hall in the 1920's and 1930's, why do you think that it was important for Richard Daley to develop a relationship with Abraham Marovitz, a prosecutor who had associations with gangsters. How could that relationship make Daley valuable to the Cook County Democrat Party?

Essay Topic 2

After a study found that the Chicago Police were more abusive to African-Americans than they were to whites, the commission suggested blacks and whites be treated more equitably. Richard Daley responded by ordering that whites apprehended by police receive more severe treatment. How was this decision by Daley, along with other events, a precursor to the violence that overshadowed the 1968 Democrat National Convention? Identify at least two other events that suggested Chicago was a dangerous site for the convention.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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