What Is Kidnapping? - Definition, Facts & Statistics


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Who was the first missing child to be put on a milk carton?

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1. A child is reported missing or kidnapped in the United States every _____.

2. What act allows federal law enforcement officers/agents to track kidnappers across state lines?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your knowledge of the history and statistics of kidnapping in the United States with this interactive quiz and worksheet. You will also be asked about types of kidnappers and kidnapping laws.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be asked to:

  • First missing child whose photo was on milk cartons
  • How often is a child reported missing or kidnapped
  • Give another name for the Lindbergh Law
  • State the number of kidnapper types
  • Kidnapping by strangers typically occur in what proximity to the child's home

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on kidnapping facts
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Federal Kidnapping Act
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about notable kidnapping cases in the United States

Additional Learning

To learn more about kidnapping facts and famous cases, review the accompanying lesson called What is Kidnapping? - Definition, Facts & Statistics. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define kidnapping
  • Discuss statistics on kidnappings
  • Learn about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and how it set the precedent in police investigation across state lines
  • Read about the kidnapping cases of Etan Patz and Tanya Kach