Gerrymandering: Definition, History, Types & Examples


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Who is in charge of drawing congressional districts?

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1. What is gerrymandering's effect on elections?

2. What would be a possible reason to gerrymander a district?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Gerrymandering is the practice of manipulating the boundaries of a electoral district to create large blocks of like-minded voters who can sway results at the polls. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand the history of gerrymandering and the different ways political parties use this practice to gain an advantage in elections.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The goal of these short assessments is to test you on the following information:

  • Who creates congressional districts
  • What gerrymandering does to elections
  • Reasons politicians use gerrymandering
  • The definition of packing
  • The goal of cracking

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge of who is responsible for creating congressional districts
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast packing and cracking electoral districts
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the effects gerrymandering has on elections

Additional Learning

To learn more about this way of manipulating an election, review the accompanying lesson called Gerrymandering: Definition, History, Types & Examples. This lesson contains these objectives:

  • Understand the process of gerrymandering
  • Know the different strategies politicians use to shape electoral districts
  • Describe how gerrymandering affects elections
  • Explain the origin of the term gerrymandering