Age of Consent: Definition, History & Laws


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Age of consent laws are laws meant to define when a person can legally consent to be married and/or what?

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1. What is statutory rape?

2. What is one reason age of consent laws are necessary?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz will assess your knowledge concerning age of consent, including how it has evolved over the years. Although it covers a lot of information, the quiz is concise and can be completed in very little time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your understanding of the following will be tested during this quiz:

  • What the age of consent provides legal consent to do
  • Definition of statutory rape
  • Reason why there is a need for age of consent laws
  • Age a female was considered to be a 'maiden of age' in 1275 England
  • Legal defense related to 'mistake of fact'

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about age of consent
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about statutory rape and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why there is a need for age of consent laws

Additional Learning

To gain an even broader understanding of this subject, check out the related lesson titled Age of Consent: Definition, History & Laws. Here are some of the topics you'll find in this lesson:

  • How prosecutions for rape changed in the 1930s
  • Current day trends related to consent
  • Similarities and differences in consent laws from state to state
  • Differences between statutory rape, forcible rape, and sexual abuse