CRIM 12: Criminology Theories Weekly Quiz 01

CRIM 12: Criminology Theories Weekly Quiz 01
Note: Due to the public break. Quiz 1 is administered through course management system. Here is the
snapshot of the quiz questions.
Block 1: Criminology Key Concepts
(35 points)
Please read the following news story:
HONG KONG—The disappearance of hundreds of children in southern China has prompted an outcry among
parents who say the government has done little to locate their children or determine what may have happened
to them...In one case, the three boys were taken and sold to childless friends of the kidnappers. Four-year-old
Tang Duowen was sold for 27,000 yuan (U.S. $3,970). He was let go after he refused to stop crying, officials
said. Wen was sold for 40,000 yuan (U.S. $5,882)...Police have drawn up a “wanted” list of the top 50 people
they suspect of kidnapping women and children in a series of cases in recent years.
Due to the public outcry, the delegates of communities in many provinces suggested a uniformed death
penalty on kidnapping offenders regardless of other circumstances, and a life penalty on the individuals who
run into the business with the kidnapping offenders.
Source: (Content has been altered and
excerpted for testing purposes).
Reflecting from the material we learn this week, answer the following question:
(12 Points)
The public outcry are often directed to core offenses. Core offenses are the universally condemned
crimes mala in se. Please describe at least three characteristics of core crimes. In other words, what
all core crimes have in common?
(17 points)
Two offenders are recently charged with kidnapping of children younger than eight years old. Here are their
Offender A allegedly broke into a house with knives with the intention to take the little baby away and sold
him in black market for $8,000.
Offender B visited her friend's house to talk about the corn business. When her friend was leaving to buy
some food for her in the afternoon, she found her friend's little baby is under no guardian. She secretly took
the baby away without her friend's consent. She sold the baby for $9,000 on the black market.
1) What is the corpus deliciti for Offender A and Offender B?
2) Using the concept of actus reus and mens rea, discuss why Offender A should be sentenced more
harshly than Offender B. If you use the two terms, make sure to explain them.
3) What is the term appropriately define the fact that Offender A actuated his guilty acts with the
possession of criminal intention (or guilty mind) at the same time?
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(6 points) Only one answer is correct
A fake criminologist named MT read the news about our story and created a "so-called" criminology theory said
"all kidnappers are the condemned creatures from the world of devils." Is this a good theory? If not, what
criteria of social science theory did the proposed theory failed to meet?
A) No, the proposed theory is not falsifiable.
B) No, the proposed theory failed to possess predictive accuracy.
C) No, the proposed theory failed to meet the criteria of simplicity.
D) Yes, it is a good theory.
E) A& B& C
Block 2: American Criminal Justice System
(35 points)
Watch the following video until 0:35 (Your time watching the video has already been bonused into the total
time of the quiz).
Copy and paste the following link to your browser:
DETROIT, M.I. - Mitchelle Blair, 36, pleads guilty to killing her daughter, 13-year-old Stoni Blair, and son, 9year-old Stephen Berry. Authorities found the children's bodies in a freezer in her Detroit, Mich., home. The clip
is a court process where many offenders experienced in the full American Criminal Justice cycle. Please answer
the following questions based on our discussion of American Criminal Justice system.
(6 points)
In this video, Blair has already moved to a process where she must give a formal response on whether she
plead guilty or not guilty. Blair is now in _____________ process of American Criminal Justice system.
A) Preliminary Arraignment
B) Arraignment
C) Hearing
D) Bench Trial
E) Preliminary Hearing
(7 points)
TRUE OR FALSE: A large majority of all felony cases in the United States are settled by the guilty bargains.
A) True
B) False
(10 points)
What is the difference between probation and parole? How much chance do you think Blair will receive a
probation (not need to be accurate)?
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(12 points)
The preliminary hearing is proceeding before a magistrate or judge in which three major matters must be
decided:(Choose ALL correct answers, there may be more than one correct answer, but not necessarily three).
This is a multiple select question.
A) Whether a crime has been actually committed
B) Whether or not there are reasonable grounds to believe that the person before the bench committed it
C) Whether or not the crime was committed in the jurisdiction of the court
D) the seriousness of crime and a recommendation of sentence
E) Whether the prosecutor recommended a suitable sentence to the judges.
Block 3: Crime Statistics and Crime Reporting
(35 points, including 5 Bonus Points)
The following graph represents the trends of different kinds of crime in a period of time. Specifically, the y-axis
denotes the number of such crimes reported by police and the x-axis denotes the year such record was
recorded. The time ranged from early 20th century to the first decade of 21st century.
(7 points)
Which of the following is not a Part-I crime in UCR Report?
A) Arson
B) Motor Vehicle Theft
C) Forcible Rape
D) Larceny
E) Embezzlement
(8 points)
One of the lines in the graph features the number of robberies in the kingdom of Badchocolate last year.
Suppose the town has a population of 5,000,000 and the dot on the year 1993 denotes a 2,000 (meaning
there are 2000 robberies per the entire population of the kingdom). The crime rate for robbery is
the town of Badchocolate.
(8 points)
Fill in the blank with "lower" or "higher" or "equal". The crime rate in early-20th century is
than 1980s. Violent crime rate in 2010 is substantially
than 1990.
(12 points) (Including 5 Bonus Points Possible)
Which time period do you think the peak of this graph is referred to? What made the lines going down after
the peak?Can you try to make a reasonable guess?(For this question, you do not need to be perfectly correct.
As long as you make a valid argument, you will get full credits).