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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How was a police action in April of 1968 characterized by observers?
2. What finally forced Richard Daley to hear the demands of Martin Luther King?
3. What was the result of an effort to prove that Richard Daley's neighbors were intolerant of segregating neighborhoods based on color?
4. What was the year of the election for Richard Daley's fourth term?
5. Who did Richard Daley appoint to take care of the 1960 police department scandal?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Richard Daley used his power over the political system of Chicago to coerce people . Consider that you were living in an ethnic neighborhood in Chicago and a precinct captain suggested that if you did not vote for Democrats in the coming election you might lose access to your publicly supported housing. You would like to see something done to protect you and your family from this type of threat so you have decided to write a letter to the editor so the entire city knows the problem you and your friends are facing. List some of the consequences you might face from writing such a letter, then write the letter. Are the consequences you might face for having the letter published a reasonable cost for exposing the truth?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
After a study found that the Chicago Police were more abusive to African-Americans than they were to whites, the commission suggested blacks and whites be treated more equitably. Richard Daley responded by ordering that whites apprehended by police receive more severe treatment. How was this decision by Daley, along with other events, a precursor to the violence that overshadowed the 1968 Democrat National Convention? Identify at least two other events that suggested Chicago was a dangerous site for the convention.
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