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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. How long was Richard Daley on the city payroll?

2. What defined the geographic areas of Chicago?

3. How were the various Chicago neighborhoods sustained economically?

4. What supplemental role did the Chicago Police Department perform for Richard Daley?

5. When did Richard Daley prepare for speeches he gave to civic organizations?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the result of the turmoil during the 1968 Democratic National Convention to Richard Daley's personal popularity?

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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. What did Richard Daley become to many immigrants according to Mike Royko?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write a persuasive essay addressing the following questions: Is it practical to hold a political system to a set of standards when it is contending for power and wealth? How can your participation in the political system hold it to account for upholding particular ethical standards? At what point would you be willing to abandon one party for involvement in another party when you become disappointed with the ethical qualities of political candidates your party offers?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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