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Cruel and Unusual Punishment Amendment: Definition & Examples

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The Cruel and Unusual Punishment clause appears in what constitutional amendment?

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1. The origin of the concept of cruel and unusual punishment came from

2. Which Supreme Court ruling said that a society's ideals of what is cruel and unusual can be used to measure a punishment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

From where did cruel and unusual punishment originate and how has it been ruled on at various times in U.S. history? You will need to be familiar with these topics in order to successfully answer the questions in this quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • In which amendment the cruel and unusual punishment clause appears
  • From where the concept of cruel and unusual punishment originated
  • The Supreme Court ruling stating that a punishment can be measured by the society's ideals of what is cruel and unusual
  • What is considered when determining if a punishment is cruel and unusual
  • What courts typically consider when assigning a punishment

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 origin and application of the cruel and unusual punishment clause in the U.S. Constitution
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Supreme Court rulings a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding specific cases that have addressed cruel and unusual punishment

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the accompanying lesson called Cruel and Unusual Punishment Amendment: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the amendment which contains the cruel and unusual punishment clause
  • Provide details about the origin of the phrase
  • Identify and describe what determines cruel and unusual punishment
  • Relate actual court rulings that have addressed cruel and unusual punishment
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