Mens Rea: Definition, Types, Requirement & Examples

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Mens rea deals with what aspect of a suspect/criminal during a commission of a crime?

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1. There is generally a consensus on the types of mens rea that includes knowingly, purposely, recklessly, and negligently. These four types are also know as what?

2. Mens rea is generally used in the criminal justice field to determine what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although it may seem confusing, mens rea is actually a straightforward concept that covers the cognitive angle of crime and punishment. Use the quiz questions to test your understanding of mens rea, and read the lesson for an explanation of this legal term and how it functions in criminal law.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions in this assessment on mens rea cover the following:

  • The focus of mens rea
  • Degrees of liability
  • What mens rea is often used to determine
  • Legal situations that involve mens rea

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the facts you've learned about mens rea
  • Interpreting information - make sure you can read an explanation of mens rea and understand its role in the criminal justice system
  • Knowledge applications - use your knowledge to explain the principle of mens rea

Additional Learning

To learn more about this legal concept, read the lesson, Mens Rea: Definition, Types, Requirements & Examples. The following goals are covered in the lesson:

  • List the terms used to describe the types of mens rea
  • Understand the legal elements needed to establish guilt in a criminal matter
  • Describe the significance of mens rea during an indictment
  • Explain how mens rea affects accountability and consequences in criminal justice
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