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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Richard Daley's selection for the 1970 Cook County Sheriff's race show in the election?

2. What were the issues that Richard Daley's opponent raised during the election before his fourth term?

3. Who among the front runners for the 1972 Democrat presidential nomination called Richard Daley on his victory for his fifth term?

4. How did Richard Daley respond to growing tensions in the weeks leading up to the 1968 Democratic National Convention?

5. By what kind of margin did Richard Daley win the election to his fifth term?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Richard Daley's control over the Machine has been credited with providing the votes that helped John F. Kennedy defeat Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election. If this is so it not only dramatically changed history, but it also showed that the American electoral system was corrupted by political influences. Take one of three subjects for a three paragraph essay:

1. How would the country have been different if Richard Daley's Machine was not involved in the 1960 election and Richard Nixon had become president?

2. What are the consequences to the country if a metropolitan mayor can determine who becomes president? Are there any benefits? What are they? What are the damages to democracy that is posed by such a situation?

3. What are the threats to justice and liberty if elections can be manipulated by powerful individuals? How can such power be confronted?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The 1968 Democratic National Convention was distracted by antiwar demonstrations and police brutality against war protesters. What were the warning signs between 1966 to the beginning of 1967 that President Johnson could have read before making the decision to make Chicago the host city of the convention? Why might President Johnson have been persuaded to choose Chicago as the host city in spite of the indications that turmoil might emerge from the charged political environment there? Explain President Johnson's responsibility for exposing the Democratic Party to the turmoil that erupted in Chicago.

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