U.S. Bureaucracy: Definition, History, Functions & Impact


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When the U.S. Constitution was written, how many government departments were there?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a basic characteristic of bureaucracy?

2. Which of the following is not one of the primary functions of a bureaucracy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz to help examine your understanding of how bureaucracies work. Some of the topics you will need to know to pass this quiz include characteristics and functions of bureaucracies.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With this quiz/worksheet combo, you can check how much you know about:

  • How many government departments existed when the constitution was written
  • Which 19th century system involved bureaucratic posts going people with government connections
  • What event caused the bureaucracy to expand and hire millions of Americans

Skills Practiced

This quiz lets you test how well you can practice these skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as characteristics of a bureaucracy versus its functions
  • Information recall - access what you've learned regarding the number of existing government departments at the time the constitution was written
  • Reading comprehension-ensure you draw the most important points from the related lesson on the U.S. bureaucracy

Skills Practiced

Get more details about bureaucracies by watching the accompanying video titled U.S. Bureaucracy: Definition, History, Functions & Impact. The lesson goes over these objectives:

  • Defines what a bureaucracy is
  • Discusses the history of bureaucracies
  • Covers what bureaucratic appointments should be based on