Cross Examination: Definition, Techniques & Examples


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How many approaches are there to the argumentative technique of a cross examination?

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1. A lawyer is ___ to badger a witness.

2. When a lawyer uses sarcasm and makes a statement during cross examination, this is known as ___?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During cross-examinations, lawyers ask witnesses questions to test the accuracy of their testimony and to impeach, or raise doubts, about the value of that testimony. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand some of the techniques lawyers use during that questioning.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Argumentative techniques in cross examinations
  • The use of sarcasm in cross examinations
  • What lawyers are not able to do during cross examinations
  • The goals of cross examinations
  • Whether lawyers are permitted to badger witnesses

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowldge on cross-examination techniques
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define key terms such as misleading questions, presumptuous questions and argumentative cross examinations
  • Knowldge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about cross examination techniques and goals

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on cross examination techniques. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of cross examination
  • Define argumentative cross examination techniques
  • Know the types of questions allowed under law
  • Understand the importance of clear and concise questions