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SHORT-ANSWER QUESTIONS

Note: These questions are selected from among the “Quiz Yourself” questions in the full-length Emanuel Law Outline on Criminal Law (ELOCL), which were in turn adapted from Law in a Flash on Criminal Law. We've kept the same question numbering here as in ELOCL.

Chapter 1

ACTUS REUS AND MENS REA

1. Cain hates Abel and wants to kill him. Cain, Abel and their third brother, Seth, visit the Grand Canyon. Abel is peering over the edge.

(A) Cain pushes Seth into Abel, causing Abel to fall to his death. Has Seth committed an act that could result in criminal liability? _________________

(B) Instead of the facts in Part A, assume that Cain tells Seth: “If you don't kill Abel, I'll tell Mom you've been eating forbidden fruit.” If Seth pushes Abel off a cliff under this threat, has he committed an act that could result in criminal liability? _________________

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