Cesare Beccaria's 'On Crimes and Punishments' and the Rise of Utilitarianism

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Why was Beccaria opposed to retribution?

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1. Which criminal punishment theory maintains that punishment is payment for harm done?

2. Which criminal punishment theory contends that the threat of punishment must outweigh the urge to commit a crime.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz will assess how much you know about the year when Beccaria wrote his manuscript and the views he discussed and encouraged in 'On Crimes and Punishments.' Match definitions with their terms to complete this quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can expect to be tested on:

  • When 'On Crimes and Punishments' was written
  • Criminal punishment theories
  • Beliefs in the purpose of government

Skills Practiced

Some skills you will practice include:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about Beccaria's 'On Crimes and Punishments'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Beccaria's views on criminal punishment theories
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about beliefs regarding what the purpose of government should be

Additional Learning

Beccaria's 'On Crimes and Punishments' is examined in greater depth in the lesson titled Cesare Beccaria's 'On Crimes and Punishments' and the Rise of Utilitarianism. Read to find out more about:

  • Cesare Beccaria's life
  • Beccaria's philosophical theories
  • How Beccaria thought criminal behavior should be punished
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