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Positivist Criminology: Definition & Theory

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_____ was a famous positivist criminologist from the mid-1800s.

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1. Cesare Lombroso distinguished between two different kinds of criminals in his studies. What were these two types of criminals?

2. What is the main idea behind positivist criminology?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of positivist criminology theory. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding who the famous positive criminologist was from the mid-1800s as well as the two types of criminals according to Lombroso.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Who the famous positive criminologist was
  • Two types of criminals according to Lombroso
  • Primary idea behind positivistic criminology

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This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about positivistic criminology
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding positivistic criminology and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related positivistic criminology theory lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about why criminals behave as they do according to this theory, review the corresponding lesson on Positivist Criminology: Definition & Theory. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what positivist criminology means
  • Describe the primary idea behind positivist criminology
  • Identify the contributions from Lombroso and Rushton
  • Understand the difference between a criminal and criminaloid
  • Appreciate the applicability of these theories today in the rehabilitation of criminals
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