The Presidential Candidate Book Quiz

March 14, 2016

Tomorrow is the Illinois Primary Election, and by now you probably know the 2016 presidential candidates pretty well.  You’ve listened to the speeches, watched the debates, and maybe even gone to a rally.  You know what they stand for and against.  But do you know what they like to read?  Test your knowledge below:

brothers kWhich candidate named Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov as their favorite novel?

a)  Marco Rubio
b)  Hillary Clinton
c)  Bernie Sanders
d)  Ted Cruz


Which of the following is one of Ted Cruz’s favorite comic book characters?

a) Martian Manhunter
b) Superman
c) Rorschach
d) Wonder Woman


sandersBernie Sanders recommended which book during a 2010 filibuster in the Senate?

a) The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
b) Third World America by Arianna Huffington
c) Richistan by Robert Frank
d) All of the above


Which of these books was written by Donald Trump?

a) Outsider in the White House
b) Hard Choices
c) American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone
d) None of the above


atlasWhich candidate named Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged as their favorite novel?

a) Marco Rubio
b) Donald Trump
c) Bernie Sanders
d) John Kasich


Hillary Clinton is embarrassed not to have read which of the following:

a) Ulysses by James Joyce
b) Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
c) In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
d) War and Peace by Tolstoy


green eggsWhich candidate read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor?

a) Bernie Sanders
b) Ted Cruz
c) Marco Rubio
d) Hillary Clinton


Donald Trump has said the following book is his favorite:

a) The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
b) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson
c) Crippled America by Donald Trump
d) All of the above


ginsbergAllen Ginsberg wrote a poem inspired by which candidate?

a) Bernie Sanders
b) Donald Trump
c) John Kasich
d) Hillary Clinton


Check your answers below, and remember… don’t forget to vote!

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Mayoral Musings

February 23, 2011

In keeping with the regime change in Chicago yesterday, I am offering some reflections on mayors. A new TV show about Mayor Daley is being prepared with Kelsey Grammer as the lead. “Boss” will start taping this spring in Chicago. Interesting side point-  Rahm’s brother, Ari,  was involved with the deal.

I came across a book about best and worst mayors, The American Mayor: the Best and Worst Big-City Leaders, by UIC professor Melvin Holli, who specializes in Chicago politics.  Written in 1999, it does not include our immediate election, however it is still worth looking at the short first chapter which discusses top candidates in each category.




Finally, I was curious if there were any shows about mayors, and the irrepressible Ed Koch of NY is the subject of an off-Broadway show called Mayor: the Musical. I listened to a couple of samples on Amazon– not bad! Will we see the same for Da Mayor? If a TV show is in the works, who knows?

Shira S.

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