Gangs Course Sample Exam Questions
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What type of gangs were formed during the late 1980’s?
Indo-Chinese gangs were formed during the late 1980s.
Outlaw Motorcycle gangs
The CDC has listed “violence” as a major cause of youth deaths.
1 The actual work “gang” comes from:
an old English term for a group of people who traveled together
an old Norse term to beat up on people
an old Arabic term to hide from the law
an old Spanish term for hanging ropes
1 What early NY Five Points gang became the first street gang to use murder as a membership requirement?
the Latin Kings
the Hells Angels
the Dead Rabbits
1 One of the early (1826) street gangs to have a formal leader was:
the 40 Thieves
La Costa Nostra
the Bowery Boys
One attempt to control the increasingly violent criminal activity was to:
reinstate the death penalty
deport undocumented immigrants back to their country of origin
lower the age for criminal liability to 14
pass comprehensive gun laws
What group appeared in the West around mid 1800’s and brought in opium?
What even actually served as a catalyst to develop guidelines or street rules for Mexican gangs?
the 1965 riots in the Watt’s section of Los Angeles
The Zoot Suit Riots in 1943
The Rodney King Riots in 1992
The Battle for Los Angeles 1957
This term is associated with Mexican gang members from Southern California.
1 Which is NOT one of the factors of developing gangs?
the “separate but equal” clause of Plessy v Ferguson
The advent of “tagging” can be traced back to:
Which weapon has been the instrument of choice for gang members?
What type of gangs have broken the race and gender membership barriers?
social media gangs
gangs that just tag
What is it that has a universal effect, that can effect attitudes and behaviors, regardless of group or criminal activity?
increasing use of hard drugs
decrease in employment opportunities
none of the above
2 What is a silent and subtle factor that helps find kids together in a street gang?
peer pressure and religion
religion and turf
language and culture
art & music
2 What has been shown to be a primary risk factor for youth to join gangs?
failing in school
2 What factor contributes to the public’s unwillingness to get involved as cooperative witnesses in criminal cases?
fear of the police
2 What do some experts feel attributes to the impact of gang growth?
lack of contraceptives
decline of traditional two-parent families
influences from shadowy terrorist groups
What can dictate how people live, what they wear, or socialize?
strict penal code sanctions
2 The critical age group for gang involvement is
7 – 12
12 – 16
14 – 24
there is no critical age group
2 Indicators of future gang activities is a trend toward
use of semi-automatic weapons
3 A tradition and culture of membership in a local area gang, over years of family involvement, is referred to as:
generaltional street gangs
inter-urban street gangs
non-generational street gangs
social norming street gangs
Female gangs comprise about what percentage of the gang population in California?
|D.||10% or less|
3 In addition to low religious attendance, use of marijuana, and violence, what was a factor in potential gang behavior?
access to computers
poor refusal skills
ability to fight
3 In the Seattle study, which group was more likely to join a gang at 26.2%
3 Overall, while difficult to predict gang membership, the good news is that on average:
the members are not all violent
they only hurt/injure/kill others like them
their tenure is short
they always mature out of it
Long term and consistent exposure to violence can cause a type of inoculation or
This factor is an important part of the developmental process for youth.
|A.||early exposure to violence|
|B.||early exposure to firearms|
|C.||ability to identify with a group|
What can affect the brains maturation process?
|A.||poverty and exposure to violence|
|B.||violence alone can affect the brains maturation process|
|C.||electrical stimulation of the frontal lobe|
|D.||removal of myelin from the brains neurons|
According to the text, those who are ore likely to be involved in actual physical violence are referred to as
Another factor that develops about the same time the brain is developing is
|A.||cognitive scripts are indelibly written|
|C.||language skills are achieved|
|D.||parents become distant and aloof|
The earlier gang membership starts, the:
|A.||earlier delinquent and criminal behavior begins|
|B.||earlier intervention works|
|C.||later intervention works|
|D.||less adult criminal behavior occurs|
In the Seattle study, how many children of 124, remained in a non-generational gang for five years or more?
Which is NOT TRUE with regards to intergenerational gangs?
|A.||they tend to protect those in their turf|
|B.||non-gang members in the same community may benefit from the sense of security offered by the gang|
|C.||although there is an increased police presence, the gang has an overall greater presence|
|D.||they have a well-earned “robin Hood” mentality and are beloved by all in the neighborhood|
A benefit of having good role models present is
|A.||a positive social identity|
|B.||strength in numbers|
|C.||ability to fight back|
|D.||to demand respect|
Which is a true statement?
|A.||risk factors do not generally indicate a likelihood of gang membership|
|B.||use and sales of drugs are not usually part of gang activity|
|C.||gang members are actually twice as likely to carry guns|
|D.||incarceration rates are not linked to criminal behavior|
While gang membership may begin at any age, the text lists the prime age as:
A truth of gang membership is
|A.||gang identity is lifelong|
|B.||you only have to hurt others if you are willing to do that|
|C.||you will be expected to hurt others|
|D.||you cannot marry outside the gang|
A key component of being involved with a group, is that it is a source of