Debtor Prison: Definition & Overview


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It is estimated that in 1641 around _____ people in England were in prison for debt.

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1. At the time of his death in 1826, Thomas Jefferson had incurred _____ dollars in debt.

2. What two factors determined how much time a person spent in debtor's prison?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz combination will help you test your knowledge of the history, practices, and end of debtor's prisons in England and the American colonies. You will need to know topics such as the prevalence of debtors in prison and about important people struggling with debt in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Gauge your knowledge in the following areas with these assessment tools:

  • Locations of debtor's prisons
  • Prevalence of debtors in prison
  • Historical figures struggling with debt

Skills Practiced

Practice these skills as you complete the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the history of debtor's prisons from the related lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding colonial punishments for filing bankruptcy
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to answer questions about the pratice of imprisonment as a means of handling debt

Additional Learning

Check out the related lesson, Debtor's Prison: Definition & Overview, to learn more about the topic. The lesson covers these important objectives:

  • Define debtor's prison
  • Recognize the length of a debtor's sentence and how they might be released early
  • Identify the possible punishments for debtors who filed for bankruptcy
  • Explore how debt impacted prominent Americans