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Multiple Choice Questions

1. At what time is the murder alleged to have occurred?
(a) Early in the morning.
(b) In the afternoon.
(c) Around midday.
(d) Just after midnight.

2. 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.

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

4. According to one witness, where in the apartment building did the murder occur?
(a) On the staircase.
(b) Downstairs.
(c) Upstairs.
(d) On the landing.

5. 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 hate you and I am going to kill you!"
(c) "I'm gonna kill you!"
(d) "I hate you and I wish you were dead!"

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

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

8. Before the jurors depart for the jury room, who gives them final instructions?
(a) The prosecution.
(b) The defense.
(c) The judge.
(d) The foreman.

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

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. In what process does the defendant ask questions of the prosecution's witnesses?
(a) Defense examination.
(b) Reverse examination.
(c) Witness examination.
(d) Cross-examination.

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

13. 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) 6,7,1 and 3.
(b) 3, 4, 11 and 12.
(c) 3, 6, 9 and 12.
(d) 4, 7, 3 and 11.

14. 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.

15. Based on the impact of their testimony on the jury, who are the two most important witnesses?
(a) A young boy next door and his mother.
(b) The policeman and the doctor.
(c) An old man who lives in the victim's apartment and a woman who lives across the street.
(d) An old man across the street and a woman downstairs.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is the defendant and for what is he being tried?

3. Apart from the defendant, who was arrested for handling a weapon?

4. Where does the old man who testifies for the prosecution live?

5. What important information casts doubts on the eyewitness' story in the first discussion of the evidence?

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