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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the state of mind of most of jurors as they enter the jury room?
(a) Eager to return a just verdict even though they are uncomfortable.
(b) Tired, but committed to spending whatever time it takes to analyze the evidence.
(c) Tired, uncomfortable and eager to return with a guilty verdict.
(d) Willing to do whatever is necessary to reach the right verdict.

2. 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 the eleven men vote again while he abstains; if one of the eleven votes "not guilty" they should discuss the case further.
(c) He suggests they deliberate further.
(d) He suggests they ask for additional evidence.

3. What does the behavior of most of the jurors demonstrate about the decisions reached by juries?
(a) They are always reliable.
(b) They might be affected by factors that have nothing to do with the evidence.
(c) If at least one juror is reliable, the others can be influenced.
(d) They only reach verdicts after protracted arguments and conflict.

4. 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) The jury is taken to the home of the eyewitness to observe the conditions under which the murder was witnessed.
(c) They show a videotape illustrating how the murder could have been seen.
(d) They present other witnesses who say the same thing.

5. What comment by Juror Ten reveals his prejudice?
(a) He dislikes all foreigners.
(b) He dislikes all Caucasians.
(c) He has lived among people "like the defendant" and they cannot be trusted.
(d) He dislikes all people who are not of his racial background.

6. 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.

7. What kind of man is the dissenting juror?
(a) A man who is not employed so he has no urgent business to conduct.
(b) A man of conviction who takes the role of the jury very seriously.
(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.

8. What is the defendant's alibi?
(a) He claims to have been at the store.
(b) He claims to have been at the movies.
(c) He claims to have been hanging out with his friends.
(d) He claims to have been at the ball game.

9. 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 it must have fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.
(c) He says he left it at his friend's house.
(d) He says it was stolen.

10. In what way is the vote suggested by the dissenting voter different from the previous vote?
(a) Each juror must give a reason for his vote.
(b) The foreman does not vote.
(c) The jurors vote by secret ballot.
(d) The jurors individually tell the foreman their decision.

11. 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.

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

13. How old was the defendant when he lost his mother?
(a) Thirteen years old.
(b) Eleven years old.
(c) Nine years old.
(d) Six years old.

14. 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 re-examine the evidence.
(b) They decide to separate into two groups and discuss different aspects of the evidence.
(c) They decide to take in a verdict of "undecided".
(d) They decide that the eleven men should each take a turn to explain to the dissenting juror why he is wrong.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the dissenting juror insist they should spend time examining the evidence in detail?

2. What important fact does Juror Three point out about something the defendant purchased on the day of the murder?

3. 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?

4. What does the verdict from the second vote among jurors prove?

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

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