The Positivist School of Criminology - Quiz & Worksheet


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How are biological positivism and psychological positivism similar?

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1. The _____ school of criminology believes that people act rationally when committing crimes.

2. The _____ school of criminology believes that criminals and non-criminals are fundamentally different.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

One of the main schools of thought on why people commit crimes is the positivist theory. You can test your knowledge of this theory with this quiz/worksheet combo. The quiz will ask you to identify the term used for the study of crime and punishment and the type of positivism Adolphe Quetelet and Andre-Michel Guerry focused.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools test you on the following:

  • The school of thought that states people act rationally while committing crimes
  • Types of positivism
  • The school of thought that believes there is a fundamental difference between criminals and non-criminals

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify the term that defines the study of crime and punishment
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding types of positivism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different schools of thought on criminology

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about this theory of crime, take a look at the lesson, The Positivist School of Criminology. The following objectives will be covered:

  • Read about the three major types of positivism
  • Differentiate between the two main theories of criminology
  • Identify what the positivist school is based on
  • Follow a hypothetical person as she applies the theories to her situation