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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why was the alleged eyewitness awake at the time of the murder?
(a) It was too hot to sleep.
(b) It was a stormy night.
(c) It was noisy because of the train.
(d) It was cold.

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

4. What does Juror Ten point out about an eyewitness to the murder?
(a) A man next door saw the defendant running away with blood on his hands.
(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 woman who lives across the street saw the defendant kill his father.

5. How does the defendant account for the fact that after the murder he does not have the weapon he bought?
(a) He says it must have fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.
(b) He says he lost it at the football game.
(c) He says he left it at his friend's house.
(d) He says it was stolen.

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

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

8. What does the verdict from the second vote among jurors prove?
(a) That the arguments presented by the dissenting juror had some effect.
(b) That the foreman does a good job of managing the ballot.
(c) That the evidence is clearer after the discussion.
(d) That the dissenting juror is right in his "not guilty" verdict.

9. What is the reaction of the jury when the dissenting juror discredits the allegation that the weapon is unique?
(a) They are astonished and one says that it is illegal to purchase such things.
(b) They begin to fight him.
(c) They claim he is a criminal just like the defendant.
(d) They are enlightened.

10. Which words suggest that the defendant should not have to prove his innocence?
(a) The defendant is "innocent because there is no eye-witness."
(b) The defendant is "innocent until proven guilty."
(c) The defendant is "innocent unless the prosecution presents good evidence."
(d) The defendant is innocent "unless the judge says he is guilty."

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

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

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

14. What two types of prejudice are evident in the comments of some of the jurors during Act 1?
(a) Prejudice against some ethnic groups and prejudice against people from certain areas.
(b) Prejudice against the poor and prejudice against the uneducated.
(c) Prejudice against foreigners and class prejudice.
(d) Color prejudice and racial prejudice.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the outcome of the "different" vote suggested by the dissenting voter?

2. 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?

3. What comment by Juror Ten reveals his prejudice?

4. Which of the jurors comment that they all had difficult lives, so a difficult life should not explain the defendant's history of violence?

5. According to the defendant, why did he buy the alleged murder weapon?

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