Whiskey Ring Scandal of 1875: History & Explanation


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Where did the Whiskey Ring scandal begin?

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1. Which government agency was heavily involved in the Whiskey Ring scandal?

2. What was Benjamin Bristow's role in the Whiskey Ring scandal?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Whiskey Ring Scandal was a massive tax fraud scheme involving distillers and federal agents throughout the Midwest who cheated the government out of millions of dollars of tax revenue due on the sale of alcohol. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand the scope of the scandal, some of the key players, and how it tainted the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The center of the scandal
  • Government agency involved in the scandal
  • Benjamin Bristow's role in the scandal
  • John McDonald's prison sentence
  • Orville Babcock position in Washington

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the Whiskey Ring Scandal of 1875 and its consequences
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw from the lesson the most important information regarding the scandal
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Whiskey Ring Scandal and how it affected Grant's reputation

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson called Whiskey Ring Scandal of 1875: History & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain the origin of the Whiskey Ring Scandal
  • List some of the major figures involved in the scandal
  • Understand Ulysses S. Grant's role
  • Describe how Benjamin Bristow was able to break up the ring