Twelve Angry Men Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act II.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is "the burden of proof"?
(a) The responsibility of the judge in proving guilt or innocence.
(b) The principle stating the defendant does not have to prove anything but the prosecution must prove guilt.
(c) The responsibility of proving one's innocence.
(d) The responsibility of the jury to come up with the right verdict.

2. Why is the murder weapon jammed into the wall?
(a) Because the juror who jams it there is angry.
(b) Because the foreman does not want it handled.
(c) Because the table is cluttered.
(d) So everyone can see how unusual it is.

3. Of what is Juror Eight accused by an angry juror after others begin to change their votes in Act II?
(a) Of bullying.
(b) Of defending wrongdoers.
(c) Of being a "bleeding heart" trying to spare a ghetto kid.
(d) Of trying to be a lawyer.

4. Where does the old man who testifies for the prosecution live?
(a) Across the street.
(b) On the ground floor.
(c) On the second floor of the apartment building where the murder occured.
(d) On the same floor where the murder occurred.

5. How does Juror Nine justify his insights about the old man?
(a) He explains that loneliness and loss of family cause old people to imagine things.
(b) He explains that old people get lonely and make up stories.
(c) He explains that old people who are tired of being insignificant often tell lies.
(d) He explains that old people who are tired of being insignificant often convince themselves to believe what is not true.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Juror Eight's participation in the altercation with Juror Three differ from his usual approach?

2. Which of the jurors comment that they all had difficult lives, so a difficult life should not explain the defendant's history of violence?

3. Where was the victim wounded?

4. Considering the information available about the defendant, to what extent does the composition of this jury reflect the principle that should guide the composition of a jury trying a case?

5. At what time of year does the jury in Twelve Angry Men meet to hear testimony and determine a verdict?

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