Chester A. Arthur: Domestic & Foreign Policy


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Chester A. Arthur became president upon the assassination of his predecessor, James A. Garfield, by a disgruntled office seeker. What act did this tragedy spur Congress to pass?

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1. What did the Pendleton Act do?

2. Congress passed a tariff in 1883 in response to a tariff commission's calls for a significantly lower tariff. By how much did the tariff drop, on average?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz/worksheet combo helps you evaluate your knowledge of Chester A. Arthur. His domestic and foreign policies are both covered on the quiz, like some of the acts he signed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll see these topics on the quiz:

  • The act that was passed after James Garfield was assassinated and its purpose
  • Why Chester A. Arthur didn't run for president in 1884
  • Act that Arthur signed into law after vetoing it the first time

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the act passed because of James Garfield's assassination
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on Chester A. Arthur and his policies
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about how much the tariff dropped in 1883 and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Keep learning by going through the lesson called Chester A. Arthur: Domestic & Foreign Policy. Goals you can complete include:

  • Determine why James Garfield's assassin killed him
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  • Understand how and why President Arthur's reputation changed