Arguments For and Against Capital Punishment


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The Constitutional provision that prohibits cruel and unusual punishments can be found in the _____.

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1. Why did the Supreme Court strike down death penalty statutes in Furman v. Georgia?

2. Which of the following statements is TRUE about the death penalty in the United States?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Capital punishment, more commonly known as the death penalty, is a hotly debated ethical issue; this quiz/worksheet combo will introduce you to the arguments for and against capital punishment. You'll also learn about the death penalty's constitutionality and how it's enforced on a state level.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Examples of arguments for and against the death penalty
  • The Constitutional amendment that bans 'cruel and unusual punishment'
  • Popular support for capital punishment
  • How many states currently allow capital punishment

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the ethics of capital punishment
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the ethics of the death penalty in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Supreme Court case Furman v. Georgia and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the death penalty, review the accompanying lesson on The Ethics of Capital Punishment. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define capital punishment
  • Trace the evolution of public opinion on the death penalty since the start of the practice in the United States
  • Differentiate between the arguments for and against capital punishment