Religion, Crime and Punishment – ADDITIONAL EXAM QUESTIONS

4 mark questions

  • Explain two contrasting beliefs in contemporary British society about corporal punishment.
  • Explain two similar beliefs about murder.
  • Explain two similar beliefs about forgiveness of criminals.

If the question refers to ‘beliefs in contemporary British society’, at least one part of your answer must be about Christian views.

5 mark questions

  • Explain two religious beliefs about the reasons for crime
  • Explain two religious beliefs about forgiveness.
  • Explain two religious beliefs about the use of prisons to punish criminals.

Remember, each question is followed by the line:Refer to sacred writings or another source of religious belief and teaching in your answer.

12 mark questions

  • ‘Punishment without the possibility of reform is pointless.’
  • ‘The death penalty is the only suitable punishment for murder.’
  • ‘When punishing a criminal we should always take into account the reasons they committed the crime.’

Each of these questions has the following instructions after the statement:

Evaluate the 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
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