Crime: Legal Characteristics & General Features


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Which of the following constitutes the act of committing a crime?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a type of mens rea?

2. Brad was walking down the street and saw a wallet on the dashboard of a convertible. He thought about taking the wallet, and after checking that he was alone on the street, he took the wallet. Is Brad's behavior an example of concurrence? Why or why not?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is designed to help you ensure your understanding of the legal characteristics of crime. You will be quizzed on terms used to describe criminal acts, intentions, and components.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these criminology assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The term used to describe a voluntary, deliberate act of crime
  • Types of mens rea
  • The meaning of the term 'concurrence' in relation to crime
  • The meaning of the term 'legality'
  • The term used to describe external circumstances that make an event a crime

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the terms used to described crime features and elements
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as mens rea and concurrence
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast types of crime
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the concept of legality

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Crime: Legal Characteristics & General Features. This criminology lesson covers these objectives:

  • Identify the terms used to describe the actual performance of a criminal act and that the act was intentional and purposeful
  • List and explain the types of mens rea
  • Define concurrence
  • Describe additional elements that must be present to prove a criminal act
  • Use examples throughout the lesson to illustrate the meanings of the terms discussed