Reasonable Force in Law: Definition & Concepts


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Reasonable force relates to which of the following defenses to criminal responsibility?

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1. In general, what kind of force can a person use to defend himself and avoid prosecution or civil liability?

2. Reasonable force is measured in which of the following ways?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to understand characteristics about reasonable force. Quiz questions assess your knowledge of ways reasonable force is measured and legal doctrines that protect a person's right to defend their home.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • Relationship between reasonable force and criminal responsibility
  • Force used to defend a person and avoid prosecution
  • Ways reasonable force is measured
  • Reasonable person standard
  • Legal doctrines that refer to a person's right to defend his or her home

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related reasonable force lesson
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the ways that reasonable force is measured
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about legal doctrines that protect people's rights to defend their home

Additional Learning

To review concepts related to reasonable force, read through the brief lesson title Reasonable Force in Law: Definition & Concepts. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify what reasonable force is and how it relates to self-defense
  • Distinguish differences between reasonable force and excessive force
  • Understand what the reasonable person standard is
  • Recall the different ways a person can defend themselves, others, and their homes