All examinations in CJS 101 will consist primarily of very very short essays (just a couple of sentences). This includes both quizzes and the final examination. There will never be multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, or true-false questions. In every case, there will be a limited amount of space to write your answers and you are required to limit your answers to the amount of space provided (i.e. don't write more lines than you are given and don't go outside the margins). There are penalties for exceeding the space. On quizzes, you get about ten lines for each answer so in effect you are limited to somewhere between two and four sentences. There will be one longer essay question on the final examination. You will be able to write about three pages for that answer. The final examination will be comprehensive covering all material since the beginning of the semester.


Quiz Policies: Quizzes cover material from assigned chapter readings in the text book or any other required reading on the same topic. Quiz questions are quite specific and you will not be able to answer them correctly unless you have read the chapter or other articles carefully, taken detailed notes, and studied those notes carefully. Just a quick reading of the assignment will not suffice. Below are questions that actually appeared on the quizzes last semester.

Students are not permitted to take a quiz for credit unless they stay for the entire class. If they leave early, the quiz will not count.

Any quizzes that you miss can be made up during the final examination, and not at any other time. In addition, students may replace up to four quiz grades by retaking those quizzes during the final examination.

Sample quiz questions:

Sample Question 1: According to Barkan and Bryjak there is a major category of crime that is excluded from the Uniform Crime Reports.  What is that category and what is the effect of excluding it?  Explain.

Sample Question 2: According to Keefe, (A Reporter at Large Empire of Pain), when Purdue Pharma launched the drug OxyContin, they tried to change the prescribing habits of doctors.  How did they try to change those habits and why?

Sample Question 3: According to Barkan and Bryjak most judges strongly support plea bargains for four reasons.  Identify and explain three of those reasons.

Sample mid-term and final exam questions: The final exam questions that correspond to the quizzes will have exactly the same form as the quizzes that were given during the semester. The four sample questions below (which do not correspond to the quizzes) all appeared on the mid-term or final examination last semester and this style of question will appear on both the mid-term and the final exam again this semester. The last is an example of the "long essay" type question which will appear at the end of the final examination.

Sample Question 1. What does it mean to say that crime is a social construct?  Explain and provide examples.

Sample Question 2. Compare and contrast the myth of serial murder and serial murderers with the reality.  Explain.

Sample Question 3. Do police have very much discretion in deciding whether to make an arrest?  What factors play a significant role in determining if police arrest a suspect?  Explain.

Sample Question 4. Our society seems to have many myths about crime and the criminal justice system.  Identify, compare and analyze two myths about crime and two about the criminal justice system.  How do they compare to the reality?  What harm is done by the persistence of these myths?  Provide examples and explain.