Muckraker Ida Tarbell: Biography, Accomplishments & Books


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Ida Tarbell's father was in what business?

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1. What defined the 'Cleveland Massacre?'

2. Which sentence best describes a belief of the Muckrakers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ida Tarbell won fame as a writer and reporter by exposing the unfair business practices of the largest multinational corporation of her day. This lesson and quiz trace Tarbell's career as a writer and the consequences of her work as a muckraker committed to revealing the truth about American political and economic systems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As part of this lesson on Ida Tarbell, you'll be quizzed on the following subjects:

  • Facts about Tarbell's life
  • The results of the Cleveland Massacre
  • The goal of muckraking journalists
  • Characteristics of Tarbell's expose on Standard Oil
  • Tarbell's contribution to American history

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - make sure you can read an account of Ida Tarbell and understand the key factors behind her success as a writer
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on Ida Tarbell and muckraking
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain Tarbell's personal interest in exposing the unethical business practices of Standard Oil

Additional Learning

To learn more about this writer, read the lesson, Muckraker Ida Tarbell: Biography, Accomplishments & Books. The lesson helps you meet the following goals:

  • Describe Ida Tarbell's goals as a writer
  • Cite some of the sources used in The History of Standard Oil
  • List some of the other subjects of Tarbell's writing
  • Explain how Tarbell's work reformed American business