Criminal Insanity: Cases, Law & Defense


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Which of the following legal outcomes might involve criminal insanity as a defense?

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1. Which of the following elements of the prosecution's case applies to the insanity defense?

2. Which of the following tests for insanity borrows its name from a famous English case where the defense was used?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The included quiz and worksheet set allow you to check your understanding of criminal insanity law, prominent criminal cases, and tests to determine when a defendant is criminally insane. In order to pass the quiz, you should familiarize yourself with topics along the lines of how an insanity defense relates to the prosecution's case and the Durham test for insanity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize these resources to gauge your knowledge of these topics:

  • Criminal insanity as a legal defense
  • Relationship between criminal insanity of a defendant and the prosecution
  • Test for criminal insanity relating to a famous English case
  • Durham test
  • Modern test used to determine criminal insanity

Skills Practiced

Practice these skills as you complete the quiz and worksheet:

  • Interpreting information - ensure that you can read information regarding the use of a criminal insanity defense and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you gained regarding the tests used to determine criminal insanity over the years
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about how criminal insanity law relates to the prosecution's case during a criminal trial from the related lesson

Additional Learning

Expand your understanding of criminal insanity law by reading through the lesson titled Criminal Insanity: Cases, Law & Defense. It covers the following objectives:

  • Define criminal insanity
  • Recognize how James Hadfield and Daniel M'Naghten shaped criminal insanity law
  • Explore the trial of John Hinckley, Jr.
  • Identify and understand the four legal tests used to determine criminal insanity