1. Define the term “crime.” What is a crime of omission? Explain the circumstances that led to the four main characters in the TV show Seinfeld being found guilty of a crime of omission. Do you think they should have been tried for this?
2. Define the term “homicide.” Name and briefly describe the two major subcategories of homicide and their subcategories. Give an example of each.
3. Do you think children as young as five years old should be held liable for acts of assault and battery? What do you think of the Garratt v. Dailey case?
4. Explain in detail how and why the parameters and definition of rape/sexual assault have changed over the years. What do you think the punishment for rape should be?
5. What is meant by the term “property offenses?” Identify, describe, and give an example of each of the primary examples of property offenses described in this chapter.
6. What criminal acts fall under property offense of “motor vehicle theft?” Have the number of motor vehicle thefts gone up in recent years, or gone down? Explain why this is the case. What are the most commonly stolen automobiles? What makes certain autos more susceptible to being stolen than others?
7. With the high frequency of crime in the United States, is criminal behavior deviant? As you think about the answer to this question, utilize the five definitions of social deviance provided in Chapter 1 and decide for yourself.