What is Arson? - Definition & Law Video


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Under common law, arson involved the burning of:

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1. In many jurisdictions, a first degree arson conviction would likely apply for:

2. The act of burning one's home in order to defraud one's insurer:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Arson is a crime that can be classified in multiple ways. The quiz tests your ability to understand how arson is viewed under different types of laws and in various jurisdictions. The quiz also asks about committing arson as part of insurance fraud.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the quiz you will need to:

  • Define arson under common law
  • Explain why a person might be convicted of first degree arson
  • Understand arson in relation to insurance fraud
  • Tell whether the burning of land could be considered arson
  • Identify why burning one's home could be viewed as a crime other than arson

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand the most important aspects of the related lesson on arson
  • Critical thinking - apply your knowledge to examine the crime of burning one's own home in different ways
  • Information recall - draw upon your understanding to describe arson under various circumstances

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic from the related lesson entitled What is Arson? - Definition, Law & Lesson. The objectives covered include:

  • Understand what crimes can be considered arson
  • Note the impact of state legislation on arson reporting and punishment
  • Identify the degrees and classifications for arson