Cesare Beccaria: Theories, Impact & Jurisprudence


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Why did Beccaria originally publish his essay,On Crimes and Punishments, anonymously?

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1. Beccaria believed people committed crimes because:

2. According to Beccaria, what would be an appropriate punishment for someone who stole food?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

All of the questions on this quiz/worksheet combo are in multiple-choice format, and they cover Beccaria's views, as well as important events in his life. You'll receive your scores as soon as you complete the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Challenge yourself with questions on the following:

  • Where Beccaria was born and raised
  • Which practice Beccaria opposed because he believed it hindered justice
  • Where Beccaria traveled that caused him embarrassment
  • Nature of punishment for all crimes, according to Beccaria
  • Why Beccaria believed in speedy trials

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Cesare Beccaria's life and theories
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Beccaria's views on punishment and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Beccaria's travels

Additional Learning

To learn more about the man who delineated a penal system still in use today, review the corresponding lesson titled Cesare Beccaria: Theories, Impact & Jurisprudence. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Beccaria's background and education
  • The Academy of Fists
  • Works written by Beccaria
  • Content of On Crimes and Punishments
  • Beccaria's later life