-Why is Riordan writing this book? To whom is he trying to justify machine politics?
2-What are the perceived threats posed by urban bosses?
3-How does Plunkitt answer those threats?
4-How does the author distinguish between honest and dishonest graft?
5-Do the machines adequately address the needs of the urban residents?
6-What works and what doesn’t work in a political machine?
7-What are alternatives to this type of community institution?
8-How does Tammany Hall actually operate?
9-What are the problems with machine politics?
10- What would be better solutions to urban problems?
11- Who is Riordan?
12)Do you think Plunkitt is an honorable politician? Why or why not? Offer specific examples from the book.
13) Did you like the reading? Why or why not? Offer specific examples from the book.
14) Would you recommend that I assign this book in the future? Why or why not?
15) Do you think that Plunkitt could win in todays political system? Why or why not?