Capital Punishment: Definition, Forms & Moral Arguments


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Which of these types of capital punishment is most often associated with the Romans?

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1. Which is NOT an argument by anti-death penalty lawyers?

2. Which of these is NOT a modern form of capital punishment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Capital punishment is a very polarizing, controversial issue with abundant history and many forms of punishment. The quiz/worksheet will ask students questions about forms of capital punishment and how people are arguing against it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students who want to do well on the quiz/worksheet should expect questions on:

  • The history of capital punishment
  • Arguments by anti-death penalty lawyers
  • Forms of capital punishment, both past and present
  • Public execution
  • The origins of 'capital'

Skills Practiced

The quiz/worksheet combination will help students improve the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - read the related lesson on capital punishment and draw out the most essential information
  • Making connections - use understanding of how capital punishment functions globally and throughout history
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the linguistic origin of the term 'capital' in capital punishment

Additional Learning

For more information on this topic, students can take a peek at the accompanying lesson, Capital Punishment: Definition, Forms & Moral Arguments. It will help students meet these goals:

  • Define capital punishment
  • Understand the history of capital punishment
  • Define crucifixion, draw and quarter, hanging, and firing squad
  • Learn about the forms of capital punishment, including the electric chair and lethal injection
  • Distinguish the opinions of proponents and opponents of capital punishment