Criminal law quiz
 

QUESTION 1

    In the absence of a confession, mens rea is usually proven by circumstantial evidence

True

False

 

QUESTION 2

    In the absence of a confession, intent must generally be proven by __________ evidence.

    A.     peremptory
    B.     exclusive
    C.     referential
    D.     circumstantial

QUESTION 3

    The objective determination that the defendant’s act triggered a chain of events that ended as the bad result is called the

    A.     cause in fact
    B.     negligent cause
    C.     subsequent cause
    D.     total cause

QUESTION 4

    Different levels of blameworthiness are indicated by different types of intent.

True

False

 

QUESTION 5

    Fault that requires a “bad mind” in the actor is called

    A.     objective fault
    B.     subjective fault
    C.     no fault
    D.     concurrent fault

QUESTION 6

    Liability without fault or in the absence of mens rea is called:

    A.     strict liability
    B.     harm causation
    C.     offending behavior
    D.     wanton liability

QUESTION 7

    In strict liability cases, the prosecution has to prove only that the defendants committed a

    A.     voluntary act that caused the harm
    B.     voluntary civil act that caused harm
    C.     voluntary criminal act that caused harm
    D.     voluntary mistake that caused harm

QUESTION 8

    General intent is the intent to…

    A.     commit a criminal act
    B.     cause harm
    C.     make the act cause the harm
    D.     have the mens rea

 

QUESTION 9

    The mental element of a crime is called the:

    A.     mens rea
    B.     harm
    C.     actus reus
    D.     concurrence

QUESTION 10

    Intent to commit a criminal act as defined in a statute is called

    A.     general intent
    B.     personal intent
    C.     blameless intent
    D.     negligent intent

QUESTION 11

    Which of the following is not a type of culpability in the Model Penal Code?

    A.     purpose
    B.     knowledge
    C.     negligence
    D.     willfulness

QUESTION 12

    What is the ONLY crime defined in the US Constitution?

    A.     murder
    B.     rape
    C.     treason
    D.     forgery

QUESTION 13

    Another term for a criminal act is

    A.     mens rea
    B.     actus reus
    C.     de novo
    D.     pro bono

QUESTION 14

    What is the only direct evidence of a defendant’s mens rea?

    A.     a confession
    B.     a motive
    C.     a signed statement
    D.     polygraph examination

QUESTION 15

    Mistake is a defense whenever the mistake prevents the formation of any fault-based

    A.     prejudice
    B.     hate
    C.     animus
    D.     mens rea

QUESTION 16

    Factual cause is also known as which of the folowing?

    A.     “but for” cause
    B.     legal cause
    C.     proximate cause
    D.     intervening cause

QUESTION 17

    Proximate cause is a subjective question of fairness that appeals to the jury’s sense of:

    A.     justice
    B.     duty
    C.     fairness
    D.     guilt

QUESTION 18

    Recklessness requires awareness of substantial and unjustifiable risks.

True

False

QUESTION 19

    Ignorance of facts and law _____________ create a reasonable doubt that the prosecution has proved the element of criminal intent.

    A.     can
    B.     cannot
    C.     always
    D.     never

QUESTION 20

    Mens rea translated means “evil state of mind.”

True

False