What Is Organized Crime? - Definition, History & Examples


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How is being a member of a business that is involved in organized crime more dangerous than being a member of a family-based organized crime group?

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1. Why might someone be attracted to gang membership?

2. Why must criminal organizations launder their money?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet for this lesson have been designed to help you learn and recall the numerous characteristics of organized crime, such as their methods and structural make-up.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will test your knowledge of:

  • Rules within criminal organizations
  • Members of crime families
  • Legal statutes regarding organized crime
  • Examples of criminal acts
  • Methods used by organized criminal enterprises

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will assess your skills of:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on organized crime
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about criminal activity in a different light
  • Information recall - access what you've learned to identify facts about the Organized Crime Act

Additional Learning

To find out more on this subject, take the time to review the lesson titled What Is Organized Crime? - Definition, History & Examples. These objectives are addressed in detail:

  • Understand the reasons that criminal organizations are difficult to eliminate
  • Identify specific crimes engaged in by organized crime groups
  • Discover the legal acts designed to punish organized crime
  • Know the history behind organized criminal activity