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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Second degree murder.
(d) Murder with malice aforethought.

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

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

4. 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 are astonished and one says that it is illegal to purchase such things.
(d) They begin to fight him.

5. Who jams the murder weapon into the wall?
(a) Juror Eight.
(b) Juror four.
(c) The foreman.
(d) Juror Nine.

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

7. Why is it clear from the dissenting juror's action that anyone could have had a weapon similar to the murder weapon?
(a) He purchased it for $10 from a hunting shop nearby.
(b) He purchased it for $2.00 from a shop near the defendant's house.
(c) He borrowed it from a policeman who said they confiscate them from schoolboys all the time.
(d) He found it on the street.

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

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

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

11. Which juror asks the guard to bring in the murder weapon for closer examination?
(a) The foreman.
(b) Juror Eight.
(c) Juror Nine.
(d) Juror Three.

12. According to the discussion, what kind of relationship exists between the victim and the defendant?
(a) A distant relationship with little communication.
(b) A violent relationship with frequent fights.
(c) A good relationship even though there are occasional quarrels.
(d) A relationship of bitterness and resentment.

13. After the knife discussion, how do the other jurors pressure the dissenting juror to make him change his vote?
(a) They suggest that he is not intelligent enough to understand the evidence.
(b) They suggest that he is inferior because he is from the ghetto.
(c) They suggest that he is on the side of law breakers.
(d) They say he is the only one and they will return a "hung jury" verdict.

14. How does the prosecution help to establish for the jury that the eyewitness was in a position to see the murder?
(a) They provide pictures of the apartment and the surroundings.
(b) They present other witnesses who say the same thing.
(c) They show a videotape illustrating how the murder could have been seen.
(d) The jury is taken to the home of the eyewitness to observe the conditions under which the murder was witnessed.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on the impact of their testimony on the jury, who are the two most important witnesses?

2. How does the dissenting juror discredit the allegation that the murder weapon is unique?

3. In what process does the defendant ask questions of the prosecution's witnesses?

4. According to the evidence, what weapon was used to kill the old man?

5. Where was the victim wounded?

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