Prisons: History, Characteristics & Purpose


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1. Jeremy Bentham's famous prison design allowed all cells to be visible from a central guard station. The design is known as a:

2. In which system were inmates kept in separate cells, even for eating, sleeping, and working?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the history and purposes of prisons around the world. The quiz questions cover topics such as 19th century U.S. systems of imprisonment and common causes of prison overcrowding evident in today's prisons.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions about the following:

  • England's first prison modeled as a correctional facility
  • Prison design
  • Differences between the systems used in 19th century U.S. prisons
  • Causes of prison overcrowding

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history and purpose of prisons
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as different systems of imprisonment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about issues facing modern prisons

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson titled Prisons: History, Characteristics & Purpose. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify characteristics of 16th-21st century prisons
  • Differentiate between prisons and jails
  • Define banishment and hard labor
  • Understand how the Age of Enlightenment influenced prison reform