How did the Pendleton Civil Service Act weaken the spoils system after President Garfield died? a. The act forced federal employees to pass competitive exams. b. The act said that federal employees could be fired for political reasons. c. The act said that company contracts and kickbacks were illegal. d. The act stopped the reform movement in its tracks.
The correct answer is letter A. The act forced federal employees to pass competitive exams. This was a federal law established in 1883. This law created fairness in awarding jobs to people based on their merits and not on their political affiliations.