Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform


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Why was the Populist Party engulfed by the Democrats?

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1. Which of the following is an accurate description of politics in the late 19th century?

2. How did the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act impact the U.S.?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Learn about the ineffective presidents and the more influential, corrupt forces that drove politics during the Gilded Age. Achieve a better understanding of the formations of political machines and the Populist Party.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With these assets, you will learn about the following details of the Gilded Age:

  • Critic of the spoils system
  • Description of the late 19th century
  • Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act
  • Formation of the Populist Party

Skills Practiced

Utilize the following skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related US history lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of political corruption and the political machine system
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the executive branch during this era in a different light

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson titled Gilded Age Politics: Political Machines & Civil Service Reform will teach you how to:

  • Discuss why presidents weren't very influential
  • List events leading up to the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act
  • Explain the unintended consequences of ending the spoils system
  • Use the case of Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed to study the prevalence of political machines