The Relationship Between Crime & Punishment


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According to the retribution theory, why is the criminal punished?

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1. Which punishment theory punishes the criminal in an attempt to stop future crimes?

2. Mrs. Smith discovers that Steven cheated on his social studies exam. She scolds him in front of the class and gives him a 0. She hopes this will keep the rest of the students from cheating. What is this punishment philosophy known as?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are numerous theories regarding the effects of punishment on criminal behavior. This combination quiz/worksheet will test your knowledge of this relationship. You will be tested on areas that include factors taken into account when measuring expected punishment and requirements of criminal punishment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments test you on theories of punishment that posit the following:

  • Viewpoint that looks back at the crime and punishes accordingly
  • Theory that looks ahead and punishes to prevent future crimes of an individual
  • Philosophy where punishment of one prevents bad behavior of others

Skills Practiced

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

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to analyze a scenario and determine the theory of punishment illustrated
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information regarding the theory that looks to the future to prevent continued bad behavior of an individual
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the requirements of criminal punishment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the factors that are considered when measuring expected punishment

Additional Learning

To learn more about the effect of punishment on crime, review the accompanying lesson, The Relationship Between Crime & Punishment. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define criminal law
  • Compare the number of crimes reported versus those punished in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Differentiate between expected punishment in the 1960s and 1990s