Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To whom was Richard Daley most loyal according to Royko?

2. What was one of the issues that members of the Democratic Central Committee used to oppose Richard Daley during his campaign to become Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee?

3. How did Richard Daley regard suggestions from Independent members of the City Council?

4. How did ward committeemen use their influence to encourage participation in elections?

5. What is the relationship between the precinct captain and the ward committeeman in the Cook County Democratic Party?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Richard Daley's first opponent in the 1955 Chicago mayoral election and what made him a good candidate against Daley?

2. What power did Richard Daley receive when he became Chairman over the Cook Country Democratic Central Committee?

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

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

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

6. What was Richard Daley's strange moral code?

7. Why did leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination of 1972 congratulate Richard Daley on his 1971 election victory?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay explaining why you think that segregation might have gotten started in Chicago and why the city government might have had an interest in sustaining it.

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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