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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the evidence, what weapon was used to kill the old man?
(a) A switch blade knife.
(b) A hatchet knife.
(c) A butcher knife.
(d) A pen knife.

2. How does the dissenting juror explain the defendant's record of violence?
(a) He says the defendant has an abusive father who has beaten him since he was a young boy.
(b) He says the defendant has been conditioned this way by living in the ghetto.
(c) He says the defendant was left by his mother as a child.
(d) He says the defendant has been wayward because of bad company.

3. How does the dissenting juror suggest that the jury should proceed instead of declaring a "hung" jury?
(a) He suggests they all take a new vote.
(b) He suggests they deliberate further.
(c) He suggests the eleven men vote again while he abstains; if one of the eleven votes "not guilty" they should discuss the case further.
(d) He suggests they ask for additional evidence.

4. Why does the dissenting juror challenge the fact that other jurors are willing to take the alleged eyewitness' word when they would not accept the defendant's word?
(a) Because the eyewitness belongs to the same ethnic group.
(b) Because they assert that the eyewitness was unreliable.
(c) Because the eyewitness belongs to the same family as the victim.
(d) Because they assert that all people from the defendant's community are liars and the eyewitness is from the area.

5. What important fact does Juror Three point out about something the defendant purchased on the day of the murder?
(a) The defendant purchased a knife identical to the murder weapon.
(b) The defendant purchased a butcher knife similar to the murder weapon.
(c) The defendant purchased a dangerous knife.
(d) The defendant purchased a pen knife that could have inflicted a fatal wound.

6. What is a hung jury?
(a) One in which the evidence is inconclusive.
(b) One in which the foreman cannot control the jurors.
(c) One in which the jurors recommend hanging.
(d) One in which the jurors cannot reach a unanimous verdict.

7. According to one of the witnesses, what was the defendant alleged to have shouted out to his father on the night of the murder?
(a) "You are the worst father and I wish you were dead!"
(b) "I'm gonna kill you!"
(c) "I hate you and I am going to kill you!"
(d) "I hate you and I wish you were dead!"

8. In the beginning of the deliberations, how do most of the jurors demonstrate a lack of seriousness about their role as jurors?
(a) They read the newspaper.
(b) They are casual in their discussions.
(c) They are concerned about how the trial has kept them from attending to their own interests.
(d) They do not pay attention to the details.

9. According to the defendant, why did he buy the alleged murder weapon?
(a) Because the one he had before was stolen.
(b) Because his father beat him.
(c) Because he lost the one he had before.
(d) To give it as a present to his friend.

10. Why was the alleged eyewitness awake at the time of the murder?
(a) It was a stormy night.
(b) It was noisy because of the train.
(c) It was too hot to sleep.
(d) It was cold.

11. How does Juror Four challenge the defendant's alibi?
(a) The ticket collector at the game does not remember the defendent
(b) Noone saw the defendant.
(c) The defendant cannot name the friend he was with.
(d) The defendant can give no details about what he claims to have been doing.

12. 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 the witnesses are unreliable.
(c) He believes that the defendant is innocent.
(d) He is not certain that the defendant is guilty.

13. 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?
(a) First degree murder.
(b) Manslaughter.
(c) Murder with malice aforethought.
(d) Second degree murder.

14. How many days has the trial been going on when the jurors begin their deliberations?
(a) Five days.
(b) Three days.
(c) Seven days.
(d) Six days.

15. What kind of man is the dissenting juror?
(a) A man of conviction who takes the role of the jury very seriously.
(b) A man who is not employed so he has no urgent business to conduct.
(c) A man who owns his own business and can control his own use of time.
(d) A man of conviction who does not believe in prejudice.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the dissenting juror feel about the job done by the lawyer for the defendant?

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

3. Why is the murder weapon jammed into the wall?

4. Why do the jurors take a vote before discussing the evidence?

5. What is the reaction of the jury when the dissenting juror discredits the allegation that the weapon is unique?

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