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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) To a limited extent.
(b) To a great extent.
(c) Not at all.
(d) Totally.

2. What is the setting in which the reader first meets the twelve characters who give the play its name?
(a) The court room.
(b) The bus in which the jurors are being transported to court.
(c) The jury room in a New York court.
(d) The murder scene.

3. Why does the dissenting juror insist they should spend time examining the evidence in detail?
(a) He believes that the defendant is innocent.
(b) He believes the witnesses are unreliable.
(c) He is not certain that the defendant is guilty.
(d) He believes the presentation of the case is prejudiced.

4. What important facts are revealed about the circumstances of the defendant's life by the juror who votes "not guilty" in the first round of voting?
(a) He is an orphan and member of a minority group.
(b) He has had a difficult life in a ghetto; his mother is dead and his father has beaten him regularly.
(c) He has been in and out of prison for stealing cars.
(d) He has had a difficult life in a ghetto without a father.

5. What is the reaction to the vote taken at the end of Act 1?
(a) Everone is angry except Juror Eight.
(b) The foreman declares the vote null and void.
(c) Juror Three is outraged and accuses Juror Five of changing his vote because of Juror Eight..
(d) Juror Ten attacks Juror Eight.

Short Answer Questions

1. What important shift in the attitude of many jurors takes place during the debates in Act II about the case?

2. According to the old man witness, where was he when he heard the argument between the defendant and his father?

3. What does Juror Eight explain to the juror who asks who killed the man if it was not the defendant?

4. What does Juror Eleven assert in defense of the result of the second vote?

5. What kind of man is the dissenting juror?

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