Stocks & Pillory: Definition & Punishment


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Stocks were used to restrain an offender's ___?

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1. ___ was considered an extreme crime in the Colonial time and the offender was punished to several hours in a pillory.

2. ___ that tried to escape were punished by stocks.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet can be used to gauge your understanding of why the stocks and pillory were used, how they restrained someone and different laws that when broken, resulted in being punished using these devices.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • Stocks
  • Pillory
  • Crimes and punishment
  • Time periods during which these devices were used

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson.
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about what purpose these devices served.
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as stocks and pillory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what was considered a serious crime in historical times

Additional Learning

To learn more about punishments review the accompanying lesson called Stocks & Pillory: Definition & Punishment. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Sort of crimes that resulted in the stocks
  • Types of crimes resulting in the pillory
  • How these devices work
  • Length of time individuals stayed in these devices
  • What bystanders often did to those being punished