Battery: The Elements of an Intentional Tort


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Biggs, the neighborhood bully, and Mugsy, his pit bull, were strolling down the street when they came upon a much smaller man. Biggs asked the man for his money. When the man refused, Biggs commanded Musgy to bite him. The canine clamped onto the man's arm causing deep wounds. What happened here?

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1. Excited about that Fourth of July, Perry lit a pack of firecrackers, yelled a warning to those nearby and threw them into the air. Unfortunately, the explosives landed in Maria's hair and created several large burns on her scalp. What happened here?

2. Eddie is the class clown. One day, his teacher was getting ready to sit in a chair to help a struggling student when Eddie decided to pull the chair from under her for a laugh. When the teacher fell, she suffered a broken hip and needed extensive medical treatment. What happened here?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is designed to assess your knowledge of the types of incidents that are considered battery and the language of the law addressing this offense. You must have the ability to recognize chargeable battery offenses in fictional scenarios in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the ability to recognize if the following are or are not considered battery:

  • A man commands his dog to bite a person who refuses to give him money
  • A man injures another person by throwing firecrackers on the Fourth of July
  • A student causes injury to his teacher when he pulls her chair away while she's not looking and she falls to the ground
  • Two shoppers bump into each other in a crowded store and one is injured when a display falls on her
  • An employee is injured when he falls as a result of a banana peel placed on the floor as a practical joke

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding what constitutes battery
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast specific and general intent
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about aggravated battery

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the accompanying lesson called Battery: The Elements of an Intentional Tort. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define battery
  • List elements needed to prove battery
  • Identify acts of battery
  • Discuss intent in relation to battery
  • Use scenarios to illustrate intent
  • Provide details about aggravated battery
  • Present a true case involving aggravated battery