Pendleton Civil Service Act: Definition & Summary


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What was the name of the system prior to the enactment of the Pendleton Act under which government appointments were made?

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1. What U.S. president was assassinated due to the spoils system?

2. What U.S. president initiated changing the spoils system?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The adoption of the Pendleton Civil Service Act was an important step towards equality in government, and the worksheet/quiz combination was written to assess what you understand about it. The quiz asks how the Pendleton Civil Service Act works and why it was created.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the quiz, you will be tested on these ideas:

  • Action taken by every president in regards to the Pendleton Civil Service Act since its inception
  • Terms of the Pendleton Civil Service Act
  • Government position appointment system before adoption of the Pendleton Civil Service Act

Skills Practiced

Employ these valuable skills while working on the quiz and worksheet materials:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related political science lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the appointment of government officials before and after the implementation of the Pendleton Act and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the two U.S. Presidents who made decisions that affected the creation of the Pendleton Civil Service Act

Additional Learning

Find out more by reviewing the accompanying lesson entitled Pendleton Civil Service Act: Definition & Summary. Meet these key objectives by reviewing the lesson:

  • Identify the year in which the Pendleton Civil Service Act was made law
  • Know why the U.S. President was assassinated prior to the establishment of the Pendleton Act
  • Differentiate between how many government positions were originally impacted by the Pendleton Act versus how many jobs today are affected