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 did the election results for Richard Daley's fifth term mean for his influence over Chicago politics?

2. With whom did Richard Daley become most upset during the time of growing racial conflict?

3. What 1960 police department scandal caused great embarrassment for Richard Daley?

4. To what did Richard Daley credit his large majorities in African-American precincts?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

How did Joe McDonough's fondness for gambling help Richard Daley's career with City Hall and the Chicago Democratic Central Committee? Which of McDonough's rules, "help your friends, hurt your enemies, adjust a case through the police and add up the votes until they come out right. Most important rule--don't get caught. Don't repeat what you hear," served him best while he covered for McDonough? How could Daley have hurt his career with regard to the neglect McDonough showed for his responsibilities? Do you believe that Daley was covering for a friend or picking up valuable experience in running an office and earning a reputation as someone who would make sure the job is done?

Essay Topic 3

Think of the rules of Chicago politics: ". . . help your friends, hurt your enemies, adjust a case through the police and add up the votes until they come out right. Most important rule--don't get caught. Don't repeat what you hear." How did these rules help to develop a closed political system that exerted control over what was then the country's second most populated city? Write a full examination of what it would take for these rules to have control over the city and how each contributes to the strength of the other. Which do you consider most important in a political system? Why?

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