Malice Aforethought: Legal Definition & Examples


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Malice aforethought is the same as which four levels of intent:

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1. Mens rea is:

2. When you kill another person with the intent level of negligently, it means that:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its attached worksheet helps you find out what you remember about the legal phrase 'malice aforethought'. You will be quizzed on what this phrase means in relation to legal charges.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of questions, you'll measure your understanding of:

  • The meaning of 'mens rea'
  • Where on the four levels of intent malice aforethought would fall
  • Negligent intent

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as capital offense and mens rea
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the four levels of intent as they relate to malice aforethought
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about when malice aforethought can be seen in criminal acts and charges

Additional Learning

For more information about this legal concept, review the lesson titled Malice Aforethought: Legal Definition & Examples. You will learn about:

  • The legal definition of a homicide
  • How a justification can change the legal effects of committing homicide
  • The importance of the term 'premeditated' as it relates to malice aforethought