What Is the Death Penalty? - History, Facts, Pros & Cons


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Capital punishment is also referred to as which of the following?

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1. The death penalty was first seen in American history under what circumstances?

2. Under the U.S. Constitution, capital punishment/the death penalty may be imposed for which of the following types of crimes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your knowledge of the history of the death penalty. You will be quizzed on the views of supporters and opponents of the practice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • What capital punishment means
  • Death penalty in early American history
  • Crimes for which the death penalty may be imposed
  • Arguments for and against the death penalty

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the history of the death penalty
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the death penalty in American history
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about views in favor of and against the death penalty

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled What Is the Death Penalty? - History, Facts, Pros & Cons, which covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the history of the death penalty
  • Define capital crimes
  • Identify the legal status of capital punishment in America
  • Recognize the differing views on the death penalty