INSTRUCTIONS: You have 48 HOURS to complete this exam from the time that it is made
available on the course homepage. This exam is OPEN BOOK and you can use the powerpoints
and course textbook. You are absolutely NOT permitted to collaborate with your colleagues in
the class or anyone else. I expect that you write this exam on your own – as you would a paper. I
will be cross referencing exam answers so I expect that each of you has a unique answer. DO NOT
CHEAT. Good exam answers will show your integrated, thematic knowledge of the course
Short Answer Questions (5 points each)
You must answer FOUR (4) of the following SIX (6) questions.
1. A friend says to you “Did you read about that recent shooting in the paper? Just another example
of random violence”. As a criminology student, how would you respond to this friend?
2. A friend says “It’s neat that you’re taking criminology. All criminals are psychopaths, right?”
As a criminology student, how would you respond to this friend?
3. Discuss the gendered character of criminal involvement and victimization.
4. What makes criminology a science? In your answer, be sure to discuss several ways that
criminologists conduct research.
5. Find a news article about a crime. Evaluate the crime from a classical and positivist
perspective. What would a criminologist with classical assumptions say about it? What would a
criminologist with positivist assumptions say about it? In your answer, copy and paste the URL
link to the article. If the link is not included – your answer will not be counted.
6. Make your own question: Devise five multiple choice questions that show your knowledge of
the course material. The five multiple choice questions should include the question (for example
“Which of the following…”) and a selection of four possible responses (A, B, C, D). Include the
Your answer to this question will simply be a list of the five multiple choice questions that you
devise. You will be evaluated on the quality of your questions and the extent to which they reflect
your knowledge of the course material. As a plagiarism check – your questions MUST reflect the
uniqueness of the course material in our class.
FINAL ESSAY (30 points)
For the essay portion of the exam you need to write a maximum 3 page reflection essay (double
spaced) on the basic thesis of the course: crime as an event. (For instance, you may address: What
does it mean to say crime is an event? What do we have to gain from studying crime from this
perspective? How does this perspective differ from popular discourse on crime?). For this essay
question, you may also use a recent newspaper story to illustrate your answer if you like (provide
Your essay should show your knowledge of the course material, critical reflection on the essay
topic and basic ideas presented in the course, and ability to support your claims with
logic/evidence. A well written essay will show an integrated knowledge of the course material.
Please note that simply regurgitating my lectures/course content is not sufficient – I am looking
for a thoughtful and critical answer to the essay question. Be concise and thoughtful in your
answer. I will not read beyond the 3 page limit.