Criminology : Typologies of Crime

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Criminology

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Typologies Of Crime

Which of the following is best defined as an act that is committed for ideological purposes that constitutes a threat against the state?

Possible Answers:

Property crime

Victimless crime

Organized crime

Political crime

Cyber crime 

Correct answer:

Political crime

Explanation:

A criminal act that is committed for ideological purposes that constitutes a threat against the state is referred to as "political crime." These criminal acts may utilize victimless, property, cyber, organized, and other crimes; however, if they are committed with an ideological purpose against the state, then they are considered to be a political crime. Political crimes may also be defined as a criminal act by the state. 

Example Question #1 : Public Order Crime

Which of the following is considered to be a public order crime?

Possible Answers:

Embezzlement 

Shoplifting

Burglary

Assault

Aggressive panhandling

Correct answer:

Aggressive panhandling

Explanation:

Public order crimes are defined as crimes that threaten the general well-being and challenge the accepted mores, folkways, and laws of society. The only choice that represents a public order crime is "aggressive panhandling." On the other hand, "embezzlement," "shoplifting," and "burglary" are considered to be property crimes, while "assault" is a violent crime.

Example Question #11 : Criminology

Which of the following is considered to be a cyber crime?

Possible Answers:

Internet identity theft

Dissemination of illegal pornography via the internet 

All of these

Online credit card fraud

Pirating of digital media 

Correct answer:

All of these

Explanation:

Cyber crime is defined as any act or crime committed against people, property, public order, or morality that utilizes two or more computers. All of the choices indicate potential cyber crimes. Each act is a criminal activity and all use the internet which links two or more computers together.

Example Question #1 : Typologies Of Crime

Which of the following is considered to be a victimless crime?

Possible Answers:

Embezzlement 

Public drunkenness 

Burglary 

Drug sales

Panhandling 

Correct answer:

Drug sales

Explanation:

Victimless crimes include crimes or offenses that involve a private exchange of illegal goods or services. Participants may not feel as though they are being harmed; however, victimless crimes are prosecuted on the ground that society—as a whole—is being injured. The only choice that represents a victimless crime is "drug sales." "Burglary" and "embezzlement" are property crimes, while "panhandling" and "public drunkenness" are public order crimes. 

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