What is a Minimum Wage? - Definition & History


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What was the first state to enact a minimum wage standard?

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1. When the minimum wage standard was first created, what was the minimum wage in 1938?

2. Minimum wage is the maximum amount an employer can pay an employee.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Make sure you understand some of the benefits of having a minimum wage before attempting this short quiz. You'll also be asked about about when and where the minimum wage was first enacted and how it has evolved over time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz questions will cover the following:

  • Benefits to having a minimum wage standard
  • How the minimum wage impacts what employers can pay employees
  • The relationship between minimum wage standards and the need for government assistance
  • The first state to enact a minimum wage standard
  • The first minimum wage rate in the U.S.

Skills Practiced

Work on the following skills while you use this quiz/worksheet combo:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks to having a minimum wage standard
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the historical need for a minimum wage in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the first minimum wage rate and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

You may review the associated lesson, What is a Minimum Wage? - Definition & History, for continued study on this topic. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Trace how the minimum wage has grown from its creation to the present day
  • Understand how the Fair Labor Standards Act impacted the minimum wage standard nationwide
  • Differentiate between state minimum wage laws and the federal minimum wage