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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Where does the old man who testifies for the prosecution live?
(a) Across the street.
(b) On the second floor of the apartment building where the murder occured.
(c) On the ground floor.
(d) On the same floor where the murder occurred.
2. What is the reaction of the jury when the dissenting juror discredits the allegation that the weapon is unique?
(a) They claim he is a criminal just like the defendant.
(b) They are enlightened.
(c) They begin to fight him.
(d) They are astonished and one says that it is illegal to purchase such things.
3. 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.
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, 4, 11 and 12.
(b) 3, 6, 9 and 12.
(c) 4, 7, 3 and 11.
(d) 6,7,1 and 3.
5. At what age was the defendant in reform school?
6. What is "the burden of proof"?
(a) The principle stating the defendant does not have to prove anything but the prosecution must prove guilt.
(b) The responsibility of the judge in proving guilt or innocence.
(c) The responsibility of the jury to come up with the right verdict.
(d) The responsibility of proving one's innocence.
7. Why was the alleged eyewitness awake at the time of the murder?
(a) It was cold.
(b) It was noisy because of the train.
(c) It was a stormy night.
(d) It was too hot to sleep.
8. What does the behavior of most of the jurors demonstrate about the decisions reached by juries?
(a) They might be affected by factors that have nothing to do with the evidence.
(b) If at least one juror is reliable, the others can be influenced.
(c) They are always reliable.
(d) They only reach verdicts after protracted arguments and conflict.
9. What is a hung jury?
(a) One in which the evidence is inconclusive.
(b) One in which the jurors cannot reach a unanimous verdict.
(c) One in which the jurors recommend hanging.
(d) One in which the foreman cannot control the jurors.
10. How does the defendant account for the fact that after the murder he does not have the weapon he bought?
(a) He says he lost it at the football game.
(b) He says he left it at his friend's house.
(c) He says it must have fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.
(d) He says it was stolen.
11. Based on the impact of their testimony on the jury, who are the two most important witnesses?
(a) An old man across the street and a woman downstairs.
(b) A young boy next door and his mother.
(c) An old man who lives in the victim's apartment and a woman who lives across the street.
(d) The policeman and the doctor.
12. Which juror asks the guard to bring in the murder weapon for closer examination?
(a) Juror Eight.
(b) Juror Nine.
(c) The foreman.
(d) Juror Three.
13. How does the dissenting juror feel about the job done by the lawyer for the defendant?
(a) He believes the lawyer was ill-prepared for the defense.
(b) He believes the lawyer did a good job.
(c) He is dissatisfied with the questions asked by the lawyer.
(d) He believes the lawyer was intimidated by the prosecution.
14. At what time is the murder alleged to have occurred?
(a) Around midday.
(b) Just after midnight.
(c) Early in the morning.
(d) In the afternoon.
15. According to the discussion, what kind of relationship exists between the victim and the defendant?
(a) A relationship of bitterness and resentment.
(b) A distant relationship with little communication.
(c) A good relationship even though there are occasional quarrels.
(d) A violent relationship with frequent fights.
Short Answer Questions
1. Apart from the action of the dissenting juror in Act 1, what other contributions from a juror suggest there is at least one other juror willing to stand up against the behavior of others?
2. What is the setting in which the reader first meets the twelve characters who give the play its name?
3. To what age group does the defendant belong?
4. Who jams the murder weapon into the wall?
5. What important fact does Juror Three point out about something the defendant purchased on the day of the murder?
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