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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 they assert that the eyewitness was unreliable.
(b) Because the eyewitness belongs to the same ethnic group.
(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.

2. What is the outcome of the "different" vote suggested by the dissenting voter?
(a) Nine jurors vote "guilty" and two vote "not guilty".
(b) There is a change in the outcome.
(c) Eight jurors vote "guilty" and three vote "not guilty".
(d) All vote "not guilty".

3. What information does Juror Seven provide about the history of the defendant?
(a) He has been convicted of stealing cars.
(b) He has been to prison before.
(c) He has been charged with murder before.
(d) He has stolen a car, been convicted of mugging and stabbed someone in the arm.

4. 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 was stolen.
(d) He says it must have fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.

5. How does the dissenting juror discredit the allegation that the murder weapon is unique?
(a) He shows pictures of several similar weapons.
(b) He says he has used a similar weapon for hunting.
(c) He presents an identical weapon taken from his own pocket.
(d) He reads an article stating that there are hundreds of similar weapons for sale in the community.

6. 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 violent relationship with frequent fights.
(d) A good relationship even though there are occasional quarrels.

7. What does Juror Ten point out about an eyewitness to the murder?
(a) A woman who lives across the street saw the defendant kill his father.
(b) A boy across the street saw through a window as the defendant killed his father.
(c) The neighbor down the corridor saw the defendant kill his father in the hallway.
(d) A man next door saw the defendant running away with blood on his hands.

8. 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) "I'm gonna kill you!"
(b) "I hate you and I wish you were dead!"
(c) "I hate you and I am going to kill you!"
(d) "You are the worst father and I wish you were dead!"

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

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

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

12. 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) 4, 7, 3 and 11.
(b) 3, 4, 11 and 12.
(c) 6,7,1 and 3.
(d) 3, 6, 9 and 12.

13. 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 pen knife that could have inflicted a fatal wound.
(d) The defendant purchased a dangerous knife.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At what time of year does the jury in Twelve Angry Men meet to hear testimony and determine a verdict?

2. In what way is the vote suggested by the dissenting voter different from the previous vote?

3. What is the defendant's alibi?

4. What is the setting in which the reader first meets the twelve characters who give the play its name?

5. After the knife discussion, how do the other jurors pressure the dissenting juror to make him change his vote?

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