Street Law: A Course in Practical Law

Chapter 20: Negligence

Student Self-Assessment Quizzes

Which of the following is an element of negligence?
A)The defendant acted intentionally to cause injury.
B)The defendant's attitude violated that duty.
C)The defendant's conduct was a cause in fact of the harm to the plaintiff.
D)The plaintiff suffered actual injuries or losses.
Marian did not realize it, but her dentist was drunk when he fixed a cavity. However, the dentist filled the cavity properly. Did the dentist commit a tort?
A)Yes, because by being drunk the dentist violated the duty to act with reasonable care.
B)No, because the dentist did not cause any injuries or losses.
C)Yes, because the dentist had a duty to act with reasonable care which he failed to do.
D)No, because Marian did not realize the dentist was drunk.
When is a person liable for failing to act?
A)When there is a special relationship between the plaintiff and defendant.
B)When their failure to act is unreasonable.
C)When their failure to act is immoral.
D)When the defendant could have acted without harm to their own interest.
Jaime claims that his lawyer committed negligence. The lawyer's conduct will be viewed by which standard?
A)what the typical, average person would do
B)what the ordinary, prudent person would do
C)what the ordinarily prudent lawyer would do
D)lawyers cannot be sued for negligence
When people under 18 years of age drive a car, their driving will be judged by which standard?
A)reasonable standard that applies to adults
B)reasonable standard that applies to minors of the same age
C)reasonable standard that applies to minors of the same intelligence
D)reasonable standard that applies to minors of the same experience
Titania was talking on her cell phone as she filled her gas tank. This caused static electricity to ignite a fire and explosion. A man in an upstairs window across the street was so startled, he fell out of the window, breaking his collar bone. Titania's act of talking on the cell phone
A)is the cause in fact of the man's injuries.
B)is the proximate cause of the man's injuries.
C)did not cause the man's injuries.
D)foreseeably caused the man's injuries.
What is the underlying reason for awarding damages in negligence cases?
A)to deter people from acting negligently
B)to restore plaintiffs to their pre-injury condition
C)to penalize the defendant for acting negligently
D)to console the plaintiff by giving them money
In situations where plaintiffs are contributorily negligent, the plaintiffs will
A)only win a portion of the costs to restore them to a pre-injury condition.
B)not win any damages.
C)win damages for all their economic injuries.
D)win damages for all their economic injuries and non-economic losses.
In a state using comparative negligence, a jury decides that Jenica (the plaintiff) suffered $100,000 in damages from a car crash with Noah (the defendant), that Jenica is 30 percent at fault, and that Noah is 70 percent at fault. What is the outcome?
A)Jenica will not recover any money from Noah.
B)Jenica will recover $30,000 from Noah.
C)Jenica will recover $70,000 from Noah.
D)Jenica will recover $100,000 from Noah.
Assumption of the risk is a defense to negligence that is used when the
A)plaintiff assumed the defendant would act reasonably.
B)plaintiff knew of a risk but decided to accept the risk.
C)defendant assumed the plaintiff would be careful.
D)defendant knew of a risk but acted unreasonably.
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