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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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 are concerned about how the trial has kept them from attending to their own interests.
(c) They are casual in their discussions.
(d) They read the newspaper.

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 dangerous knife.
(b) The defendant purchased a pen knife that could have inflicted a fatal wound.
(c) The defendant purchased a butcher knife similar to the murder weapon.
(d) The defendant purchased a knife identical to the murder weapon.

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

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

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

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

10. To what age group does the defendant belong?
(a) He is a teenager.
(b) He is middle-aged.
(c) He is in his early twenties.
(d) He is in his thirties.

11. At what time of year does the jury in Twelve Angry Men meet to hear testimony and determine a verdict?
(a) Spring.
(b) Autumn.
(c) Winter.
(d) Summer.

12. 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 it must have fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.
(c) He says he lost it at the football game.
(d) He says it was stolen.

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

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

15. At what age was the defendant in reform school?
(a) Sixteen.
(b) Fourteen.
(c) Fifteen.
(d) Thirteen.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which words suggest that the defendant should not have to prove his innocence?

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

3. What important facts are revealed about the circumstances of the defendant's life by the juror who votes "not guilty" in the first round of voting?

4. According to the discussion, what kind of relationship exists between the victim and the defendant?

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

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