What is Pork Barrel Spending? - Definition & Examples


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Which is an example of pork barrel spending?

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1. Why do congressman seek pork barrel spending for their districts?

2. How do congressmen add pork barrel spending projects to a bill?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Using this interactive quiz and printable worksheet can help you understand some of the defining points of the practice of pork barrel spending that takes place in Congress.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your knowledge of the following:

  • How Hurricane Sandy relief actions exemplified pork barrel spending
  • The definition of pork barrel spending
  • Main criticism of pork barrel spending
  • Why legislators decide to push through pork barrel spending measures

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related pork barrel spending lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of pork barrel spending
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding pork barrel spending and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gainer regarding pork barrel spending

Additional Learning

To learn more about the practice known as pork barrel spending, read the accompanying lesson entitled What is Pork Barrel Spending? - Definition & Examples. The lesson focuses on the following objectives:

  • Identify the alternative name for pork barrel spending
  • Talk about a possible origin of the term, 'pork barrel spending'
  • Discuss how a particular pork barrel spending measure can become attached to a proposed bill when it has nothing to do with that bill
  • Comment on the rationale for the continued existence of the practice of pork barrel spending