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The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton

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WE 2: Private Equity ($2bn generalist fund) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 7 The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton [#permalink] Show Tags 21 Sep 2008, 12:44 00:00 Difficulty: (N/A) Question Stats: 100% (01:03) correct 0% (00:00) wrong based on 4 sessions HideShow timer Statistics The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton Act, which created a professional corps of administrators, was passed after a disappointed office-seeker assassinated President James A. Garfield. For a hundred years, this system has anchored American government service to competence rather than corruption. The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is. Which of the following would be most useful to evaluate the argument’s conclusion? A) The methods that the Swiss and British governments have used to prevent corruption in government service for the past one hundred years B) The current level of job satisfaction among government office-seekers and office-holders C) The levels of competence and corruption in American government service between 1950 and the present D) The number of Presidents assassinated since the passage of the Pendleton Act E) The percentage of office-holders fired or convicted on charges stemming from corruption during the first hundred years of the Pendleton Act I have a highlighted (bolded rather) my struggle with this problem and how it relates to the OE. I'll post OA later if some want to give this a shot. source:manhattan If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! Manager Joined: 12 May 2006 Posts: 185 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 57 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] Show Tags 21 Sep 2008, 14:31 IMO E. Manager Joined: 21 Aug 2008 Posts: 206 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 14 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] Show Tags 21 Sep 2008, 14:44 stopper5 wrote: The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton Act, which created a professional corps of administrators, was passed after a disappointed office-seeker assassinated President James A. Garfield. For a hundred years, this system has anchored American government service to competence rather than corruption. The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is. Which of the following would be most useful to evaluate the argument’s conclusion? A) The methods that the Swiss and British governments have used to prevent corruption in government service for the past one hundred years B) The current level of job satisfaction among government office-seekers and office-holders C) The levels of competence and corruption in American government service between 1950 and the present D) The number of Presidents assassinated since the passage of the Pendleton Act E) The percentage of office-holders fired or convicted on charges stemming from corruption during the first hundred years of the Pendleton Act I have a highlighted (bolded rather) my struggle with this problem and how it relates to the OE. I'll post OA later if some want to give this a shot. source:manhattan I rather go for C. A - no need to know about them. Irrelevant. B - Office-holders...why? Job satisfaction of office holders...no relevant. D - Maybe we know how many already. It aint' affect the argument. E - If the percentage is high, the author's argument falls apart. But what if the percentage was high at the early of the period? Not quite strong. VP Joined: 17 Jun 2008 Posts: 1397 Followers: 8 Kudos [?]: 299 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] Show Tags 21 Sep 2008, 16:02 stopper5 wrote: The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton Act, which created a professional corps of administrators, was passed after a disappointed office-seeker assassinated President James A. Garfield. For a hundred years, this system has anchored American government service to competence rather than corruption. The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is. Which of the following would be most useful to evaluate the argument’s conclusion? A) The methods that the Swiss and British governments have used to prevent corruption in government service for the past one hundred years B) The current level of job satisfaction among government office-seekers and office-holders C) The levels of competence and corruption in American government service between 1950 and the present D) The number of Presidents assassinated since the passage of the Pendleton Act E) The percentage of office-holders fired or convicted on charges stemming from corruption during the first hundred years of the Pendleton Act I have a highlighted (bolded rather) my struggle with this problem and how it relates to the OE. I'll post OA later if some want to give this a shot. source:manhattan CONCL: The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is. Im confused between E and C A-> irrelevant B->disaappointed does not mean job dissatisfaction C-> PROPERLY compared between past and present but one thing which confuses me is usage of 1950 .If levels are high or low is important in deciding the concl ,to maintain act as it is or not D->number of presidents assasinated is just one aspect hence nkowing this would not affect the argument E->This is to be eliminated since %age of charges of corruption may be high or low ,no comparison with previous records here hence This one fails to evaluate.Whatever may be the %age does not call in doubt the concl _________________ cheers Its Now Or Never Director Joined: 30 Jun 2007 Posts: 792 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 157 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] Show Tags 21 Sep 2008, 16:55 The genesis for the Pendelton Act was disappointed office seeker assassinated the President. After the Act is in effect, the more through check is how the office seekers level of satisfaction or in other words how effective the act was in fixing the office seekers disappointments. Somehow B is appealing. Manager Joined: 27 Aug 2008 Posts: 150 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 45 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] Show Tags 23 Sep 2008, 02:12 spriya wrote: stopper5 wrote: The Civil Service Act of 1883, also known as the Pendleton Act, which created a professional corps of administrators, was passed after a disappointed office-seeker assassinated President James A. Garfield. For a hundred years, this system has anchored American government service to competence rather than corruption. The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is. Which of the following would be most useful to evaluate the argument’s conclusion? A) The methods that the Swiss and British governments have used to prevent corruption in government service for the past one hundred years B) The current level of job satisfaction among government office-seekers and office-holders C) The levels of competence and corruption in American government service between 1950 and the present D) The number of Presidents assassinated since the passage of the Pendleton Act E) The percentage of office-holders fired or convicted on charges stemming from corruption during the first hundred years of the Pendleton Act I have a highlighted (bolded rather) my struggle with this problem and how it relates to the OE. I'll post OA later if some want to give this a shot. source:manhattan CONCL: The best way to preserve this state in the new millennium is to maintain the Pendleton Act as it is. Im confused between E and C A-> irrelevant B->disaappointed does not mean job dissatisfaction C-> PROPERLY compared between past and present but one thing which confuses me is usage of 1950 .If levels are high or low is important in deciding the concl ,to maintain act as it is or not D->number of presidents assasinated is just one aspect hence nkowing this would not affect the argument E->This is to be eliminated since %age of charges of corruption may be high or low ,no comparison with previous records here hence This one fails to evaluate.Whatever may be the %age does not call in doubt the concl Comparison has to be made between competence & corruption & i.e.uccessfully done only in C. E talks only abt corruption & doesnt address competence. Manager Joined: 21 Sep 2008 Posts: 200 Concentration: Strategy, Economics GMAT Date: 07-17-2015 GPA: 3.57 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 18 Re: CR: The Pendleton Act [#permalink] Show Tags 23 Sep 2008, 05:09 Hmm, tricky. I'll go with B because job satisfaction can often be a reflection of the level of corruption and, to some extent, competence in a job (i.e. if you're not satisfied, you're more likely to take bribes and put incompetent people in various positions etc). _________________ Life with the GMAT: Jerome: Ben, c'est 20 secondes de plus qu'hier sur le meme parcours! C'etait bien le meme parcours la, non?! Gigi: Mais t'enerve pas, Jerome, je crois que t'as accroche une porte. Jerome: *$&#(*%&(*#%&

Re: CR: The Pendleton Act   [#permalink] 23 Sep 2008, 05:09
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