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

2. What did the election results for Richard Daley's fifth term mean for influence over the future of Chicago politics?

3. Who were among the leaders for the 1972 Democrat nomination for president in 1971?

4. When did racial conflicts begin to become public in Chicago?

5. Besides protesters, who else did security forces target for harassment during the 1968 Democratic National Convention?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Richard Daley's practice of paying top union scale for public works jobs affect the cost of the labor market in Chicago? What was the pressure on private employers to compete for skilled workers? Who actually paid the high wages for these workers? Who also eventually paid for the increased costs of production in businesses that had their operations and factories in Chicago?

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

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?

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