How Much Do You Know About The US Death Penalty?

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How Much Do You Know About The US Death Penalty?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which state has had the highest execution rate overall since 1976?
    • A. 

      Oklahoma

    • B. 

      Texas

    • C. 

      Florida

    • D. 

      Virginia

  • 2. 
    In what year did the Supreme Court reinstate the death penalty?
    • A. 

      1978

    • B. 

      1976

    • C. 

      1985

    • D. 

      1990

  • 3. 
    How many people have been executed between 1976-2015?
    • A. 

      1,004

    • B. 

      906

    • C. 

      1,398

    • D. 

      384

  • 4. 
    Which was the first state to abolish the death penalty?
    • A. 

      Mississippi

    • B. 

      Vermont

    • C. 

      Michigan

    • D. 

      Illinois

  • 5. 
    Who called capital punishment "the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared?"
    • A. 

      Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist

    • B. 

      Albert Camus, Algerian-French philosopher and author

    • C. 

      Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States

    • D. 

      Desmond Tutu, South African bishop and social rights activist

  • 6. 
    As of January 2015 how many people had been exonerated from death row?
    • A. 

      101

    • B. 

      75

    • C. 

      39

    • D. 

      150

  • 7. 
    The mentally ill can be executed in the United States.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Which of the following states has abolished the death penalty?
    • A. 

      Texas

    • B. 

      Maryland

    • C. 

      Oklahoma

    • D. 

      California

  • 9. 
    What groups of countries still have the death penalty?
    • A. 

      Columbia, United States, New Zealand

    • B. 

      Ireland, Venezuela, United States

    • C. 

      United States, China, Saudi Arabia

    • D. 

      Spain, United States, Italy

  • 10. 
    The death penalty is a crime deterrent.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Which public figure said the following: “I do not think that God approved the death penalty for any crime, rape and murdered included. Capital punishment is against the best judgment of modern criminology and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God.”
    • A. 

      Pope John Paul II

    • B. 

      Jean-Paul Sartre

    • C. 

      Eleanor Roosevelt

    • D. 

      Martin Luther King Jr

  • 12. 
    Some states have laws keeping their lethal-injection drug suppliers and protocols secret. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    How many innocent people are estimated to be on death row?
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      0.03% of total death row inmates

    • C. 

      0.002% of total death row inmates

    • D. 

      4% of total death row inmates

  • 14. 
    How many clemencies have been granted in the United States since 1976?
    • A. 

      23

    • B. 

      510

    • C. 

      60

    • D. 

      279

  • 15. 
    The Supreme Court rules that death row inmates can challenge the use of lethal injection as a method of execution.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    It is equally likely for an African American who killed a white person and a white person who killed another white person to recieve the death penalty.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    On average, in the state of Washington how much more does a death penalty case cost than a similar case where a death sentence is not sought?
    • A. 

      $500,000

    • B. 

      $1,000,000

    • C. 

      $30,000

    • D. 

      $75,000

  • 18. 
    In what year did the Supreme Court rule that capital punishment was "cruel and unusual" and suspend the death penalty?
    • A. 

      1980

    • B. 

      1972

    • C. 

      1946

    • D. 

      1969

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