Religion, Crime and Punishment – PRACTICE EXAM QUESTIONS

A

 1.  Which one of the following expresses the religious idea that one aim of punishment should be to encourage people not to commit any more crimes?       (1)

Reformation          Protection          Deterrence          Reparation

2.  Give two examples of religious moral laws which some criminals break.(2)

3.    Explain two contrasting beliefs in contemporary British society about the death    penalty for murder.

In your answer you should refer to the main religious tradition of Great Britain and one or more other religious traditions.    (4)

4.    Explain two religious beliefs about breaking the law in order to get a bad law

changed.    (5)

Refer to sacred writings or another source of religious belief and teaching in your answer.

5.    ‘Corporal punishment can never be justified.’

Evaluate this statement.

In your answer you:

  • should give reasoned arguments in support of this statement
  • should give reasoned arguments to support a different point of view
  • should refer to religious arguments
  • may refer to non-religious arguments
  • should reach a justified conclusion     (12)

B

   1.    Which one of the following is not a reason for crime?    (1)

Poverty        Sanctity of life          Mental illness          Greed

2.    Give two religious beliefs about forgiveness.   (2)

3.    Explain two similar religious beliefs about people who break the law.

In your answer you must refer to one or more religious traditions.   (4)

4.  Explain two religious beliefs about the death penalty.

Refer to sacred writings or another source of religious belief and teaching in your answer.     (5)

5.  ‘Reformation is the best aim of punishment.’

Evaluate this statement.

In your answer you:

  • should give reasoned arguments in support of this statement
  • should give reasoned arguments to support a different point of view
  • should refer to religious arguments
  • may refer to non-religious arguments
  • should reach a justified conclusion     (12)

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