The Insanity Defense: Definition, Famous Cases, Pros & Cons

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Which of the following best describes the insanity defense?

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1. Which of the following cases established the legal insanity test?

2. What does it mean to acquit a defendant of the charges?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the insanity defense. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the history of the insanity defense as well as its pros and cons.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • Definition of the insanity defense
  • History of the insanity defense
  • What it means to acquit a defendant

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related criminal justice lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the insanity defense
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the case that established the legal insanity test

Additional Learning

To learn more about law, review the accompanying lesson titled The Insanity Defense: Definition, Famous Cases, Pros & Cons. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the definition of the insanity defense
  • Understand how the insanity defense is applied
  • Learn about the pros and cons of the insanity defense
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