Please help with this question about the Pendleton Act.
2.The Pendleton Act required people applying for many federal government jobs to...
A. take a competitive examination.
B. present a written recommendation from a congressman or senator.
C. agree to make a financial contributions to their political party.
D. have a college degree.
The only possible correct answer here is A.
The point of the Pendleton Act was to set up a civil service system in which people would get jobs with the federal government because they were able to do the job well, not because of their political connections. Therefore, choices B and C are completely wrong. Those were the sorts of things the Pendleton Act was supposed to prevent.
Option D is plausible, but not correct. Not all jobs would require a college degree. The Pendleton Act did, however, set up a system of examinations to determine which candidates were qualified for jobs with the federal government.