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US Gang Violence: Facts, Causes & History

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Which of the following is a key characteristic of the definition for a gang?

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1. When did the first gangs start to form in the United States?

2. What made many early European immigrants that gained entry into the United States vulnerable to gang membership?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions contained in this short multiple-choice quiz will test your knowledge of gang violence in the United States, including when gangs first formed. The quiz is scored automatically, and you can take it multiple times.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • Key characteristic of a gang
  • When gangs started to form in the United States
  • Why early European immigrants in the United States were vulnerable to gang membership
  • Age of the average gang member in the United States
  • Percentage of all violent crimes committed by gangs each year in the United States

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding when gangs started to form in the United States
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the percentage of all violent crimes committed by gangs each year in the United States
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the age of the average gang member in the United States and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To take an even closer look at this topic, review the related lesson titled US Gang Violence: Facts, Causes & History. This lesson covers the following:

  • Why gangs form
  • Understanding gangs and their history
  • Data collected by the National Youth Gang Center
  • Street gangs in England around the 1600s
  • Gang formation throughout the North and Midwest
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