Spoils System: Definition & Explanation


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Which president started the spoils system?

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1. In the spoils system, the president appoints civil servants to government jobs because _____.

2. The president who started the spoils system wanted to _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The spoils system is important to be familiar with when studying history and politics. This quiz/worksheet will help you assess your understanding of what it entails as well as the events behind it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the history and details of:

  • The president who started the spoils system
  • Civil servants in the spoils system
  • Goals of the spoils system
  • The results of the spoils system

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the history of the spoils system
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the president who started the spoils system
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the goals and results of the spoils system

Additional Learning

To learn more about the history behind the spoils system, review the accompanying lesson Spoils System: Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Familiarize yourself with the emergence of the spoils system
  • Know who started the spoils system
  • Understand the thought behind the spoils system
  • Familiarize yourself with details of the scandal and corruption involved with the spoils system
  • Know the effects of The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act