Self-Defense: Definition & Laws


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For a person to invoke self-defense for having defended him or herself from a threat of harm, the threat of harm must have been _____.

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1. When a person defends him or herself against the threat of harm, his or her actions must be proportionate to the harm threatened. Which of the following examples demonstrates a proportionate self defense response?

2. The castle doctrine provides that _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to understand self-defense. Quiz questions assess your knowledge of the Castle Doctrine and reasonableness.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Type of threat required in order to claim self-defense
  • Self-defense example
  • Castle Doctrine
  • Details of the Castle Doctrine
  • Reasonableness

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related criminal justice lesson
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve self-defense practice problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Castle Doctrine

Additional Learning

To review concepts related to self-defense, read through the brief lesson Self-Defense: Definition & Laws. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify what self-defense is
  • Understand the requirements to claim self-defense such as imminent threat, reasonable fear of harm, and proportionate response
  • Recall details about the Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws