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Multiple Choice Questions

1. At what time of year does the jury in Twelve Angry Men meet to hear testimony and determine a verdict?
(a) Summer.
(b) Autumn.
(c) Winter.
(d) Spring.

2. How does the defendant account for the fact that after the murder he does not have the weapon he bought?
(a) He says he left it at his friend's house.
(b) He says he lost it at the football game.
(c) He says it must have fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.
(d) He says it was stolen.

3. What important information casts doubts on the eyewitness' story in the first discussion of the evidence?
(a) The eyewitness has to walk a long way to the door after hearing the body fall.
(b) The eyewitness wears glasses.
(c) The eyewitness claims to have seen the murder through the windows of a passing elevated train.
(d) The eyewitness is old with impaired vision.

4. Which of the jurors comment that they all had difficult lives, so a difficult life should not explain the defendant's history of violence?
(a) 3, 6, 9 and 12.
(b) 4, 7, 3 and 11.
(c) 6,7,1 and 3.
(d) 3, 4, 11 and 12.

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

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

7. What sentence must the defendant face if proven guilty?
(a) Life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.
(b) The death penalty.
(c) Life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
(d) At least thirty years imprisonment.

8. What is the reaction of the jury when the dissenting juror discredits the allegation that the weapon is unique?
(a) They are astonished and one says that it is illegal to purchase such things.
(b) They begin to fight him.
(c) They claim he is a criminal just like the defendant.
(d) They are enlightened.

9. Before the jurors depart for the jury room, who gives them final instructions?
(a) The defense.
(b) The prosecution.
(c) The foreman.
(d) The judge.

10. Which words suggest that the defendant should not have to prove his innocence?
(a) The defendant is "innocent unless the prosecution presents good evidence."
(b) The defendant is "innocent because there is no eye-witness."
(c) The defendant is "innocent until proven guilty."
(d) The defendant is innocent "unless the judge says he is guilty."

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

12. Who is the defendant and for what is he being tried?
(a) A boy is being tried for the murder of a man downstairs.
(b) A young man is being tried for the murder of his father.
(c) A man is being tried for the murder of his son.
(d) A man is being tried for the murder of the woman next door.

13. After eleven jurors vote "guilty" and one juror votes "not guilty", what process do the jurors decide on in order to resolve the matter?
(a) They decide to take in a verdict of "undecided".
(b) They decide to re-examine the evidence.
(c) They decide that the eleven men should each take a turn to explain to the dissenting juror why he is wrong.
(d) They decide to separate into two groups and discuss different aspects of the evidence.

14. Apart from the defendant, who was arrested for handling a weapon?
(a) The storekeeper who sold the defendant a weapon.
(b) The witness who took the weapon until the police arrived.
(c) Juror Eight.
(d) The friend of the defendant.

15. According to one witness, where in the apartment building did the murder occur?
(a) On the staircase.
(b) On the landing.
(c) Upstairs.
(d) Downstairs.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which juror rebukes Juror Ten for his racist comment?

2. What does the behavior of most of the jurors demonstrate about the decisions reached by juries?

3. Where was the victim wounded?

4. What term used in Act 1 establishes that the defendant is thought to have committed a murder that is intentional and deliberately planned ahead of time?

5. How does the prosecution help to establish for the jury that the eyewitness was in a position to see the murder?

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