What Is Capital Punishment? - Definition, History, Pros & Cons


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Capital punishment is also known as which of the following?

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1. Which of the following statements is TRUE about the use of capital punishment in early American history?

2. Which of the following is a reason a proponent of capital punishment may cite for being in favor of capital punishment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Capital punishment is a drastic penalty for the most serious crimes. The worksheet and quiz for this lesson will help you to learn and recall the facts about the history and crimes relating to capital punishment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on:

  • Alternative terminology for capital punishment
  • Capital punishment in American history
  • Pro-capital punishment arguments
  • Opposition to capital punishment

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will measure your skills of:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related What is Capital Punishment? lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history of capital punishment
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as capital crime and the death penalty

Additional Learning

Take the time to review the associated lesson What is Capital Punishment? and be sure that you have learned all vital information. These objectives will be covered in the lesson:

  • Identify alternate terms for capital punishment
  • Know about the use of capital punishment throughout American history
  • Understand the impact of the Furman v. Georgia and Gregg v. Georgia cases
  • Understand the controversy surrounding capital punishment