Manslaughter & Murder: Definition & Differences


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If one person kills another, which answer below is the only one that we know is true without more information?

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1. A statute for a criminal homicide contains _____, which are the necessary facts and conditions the prosecutor needs to prove to convict someone of a crime.

2. If someone shot another in self-defense, what would be a defense for that person if they were charged with a crime?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This interactive quiz and corresponding worksheet will test your understanding of the legal issues associated with murder and manslaughter. You'll need to know the term for when one human being kills another and the term for the necessary facts a prosecutor must prove to convict someone of a crime.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These points will be addressed on the multiple-choice quiz:

  • Defense for a person who killed somebody in self-defense
  • How the level of seriousness of a murder or manslaughter is determined
  • Charge of voluntary manslaughter

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a charge associated with voluntary manslaughter and the defense for a person who killed someone in self-defense
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the term for one human being killing another human being
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you understand the most important information from the lesson on the differences between murder and manslaughter, including the facts and considerations a prosecutor needs in order to convict someone of a crime

Additional Learning

Increase your legal acumen by reviewing the lesson named Manslaughter & Murder: Definition & Differences. These topics will be covered:

  • The penalties associated with manslaughter and murder charges
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Scenarios of first and second degree murder