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Criminal Justice DANTES Practice Test
1) The term mens rea refers to:
A) Guilty mind
B) Guilty act
C) The law of precedence
D) Latin for “father of the people”
2) When discussing elements of a crime, concurrence refers to:
A) Presence of both harm and punishment
B) Presence of both intent and the act
C) Presence of actus reas and a harm
D) The time causation of the crime
3) What term means “to stand by what has been decided”?
A) Parens patriae
B) Stare decisis
C) Actus reas
D) Voir dire
4) Also known as Part I offenses, these crimes are the major offenses cataloged in the UCR.
A) Penal code
B) Index crimes
D) Clearance crimes
5) What body of early law originated in ancient Babylon?
A) The twelve tablets
B) Code of Hammurabi
C) Magna Carta
D) Justinian Code
6) Which term refers to laws that are on the books but not necessarily immoral?
A) Mala in se
B) Mala prohibita
C) Mens rea
D) Lex talions
7) This early London Police force was developed by Magistrate Henry Fielding:
A) Bell Street Runners
C) Bow Street Runners
D) None of the above
8) What is original jurisdiction?
A) Authority given to a court to be the first court to hear the matter
B) Courts must hear the cases brought to them
C) The Supreme Court’s right to evaluate and review any decisions and actions by any Court or governmental agency in the Country
D) None of the above
9) Which Supreme Court case established the Court as the final Constitutional interpreter?
A) In Re Gault
B) Mapp v. Ohio
C) Griffin v. California
D) Marbury v. Madison
10) Which state was the last one to abolish the electric chair as their sole means of execution?
A) North Dakota
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DSST Practice Test Answer Key:
- 1. A:) Guilty mind.
- 2. B:) Presence of both intent and the act. Concurrence of the act and intent designate a crime.
- 3. B:) Stare decisis. Stare Decisis is the concept of precedence.
- 4. B:) Index crimes. The index crimes are the most serious offenses in the UCR.
- 5. B:) Code of Hammurabi. This Code is one of the earliest examples of written law.
- 6. B:) Mala prohibita. Mala prohibita are laws that maybe prohibited but would not be considered immoral were they not written laws.
- 7. C:) Bow Street Runners. The Bow Street Runners were named after the Street that Magistrate Fielding worked off of.
- 8. A:) Authority given to a court to be the first court to hear the matter. Original jurisdiction allows the court to hear the original case.
- 9. D:) Marbury v. Madison. This case, under Chief Justice John Marshall, cemented the powers of the Supreme Court.
- 10. C:) Nebraska. Nebraska abolished execution by electric chair in February 2008.