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

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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 respond to the outbreaks?

2. What was Richard Daley's response after a commission recommended that the police should treat blacks the same as whites?

3. What finally forced Richard Daley to hear the demands of Martin Luther King?

4. What made this candidate for Cook County Sheriff an attractive choice for the election?

5. What happened to Richard Daley's popularity in Chicago after the turmoil of the 1968 Democratic National Convention?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Richard Daley had many good characteristics, but he also used those characteristics in a way that they were corrupted. Write an expository essay on how Richard Daley used some very important character qualities to achieve a goal but allowed those qualities to be used for a system that was corrupted. Conclude your essay with whether or not you believe that corruption such as was ingrained in the Cook County Democratic Party can be cleaned up and how the positive character qualities of Richard Daley could have been used in that cause.

Essay Topic 2

How does Daley's personal history affect your view of politics and government? Does Daley's climb to power interest you to be involved in politics? Write a persuasive essay on what sort of characteristics are important for an elected official and why it is important to know the types of personal relationships that official keeps.

Essay Topic 3

Draw a flow chart of the positions in the Cook County Democratic Party as it is detailed in Chapter IV. Ward Committee members who were most successful in turning out the vote earned the authority to fill the most patronage jobs. Based upon what you learned that Cook County Democrats, ". . . add up votes until they come out right . . ." how did this method of appointing patronage jobs not only corrupt elections, but also corrupt Chicago public service jobs? How did this corruption and the wealth it brought to supporters of the Democratic Party help the Machine dominate elections for decades?

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