The Muckrakers of the Progressive Era: Definition and Influence


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Why was Ida Tarbell considered an influential muckraker?

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1. Identify which of the following profiles is most likely the one of a muckraker:

2. Lincoln Steffens is well-known for his muckraking work The Shame of the Cities. What did he write about?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combination will test your understanding of the muckrakers. Subjects that will be on the quiz include Lincoln Steffens and the person credited with the term 'muckraker.'

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Lincoln Steffens
  • Upton Sinclair
  • Ida Tarbell
  • The Progressive Era

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how the muckrakers got their name
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the significance of the muckrakers
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the Progressive Era in a different light

Additional Learning

Study more about the muckrakers with the lesson called The Muckrakers of the Progressive Era: Definition and Influence. Features of the lesson include the following:

  • Details the Progressive Era
  • Defines muckraker
  • Explains the impact of Steffens' book The Shame of the Cities
  • Covers the Meat Inspection Act of 1906