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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 that the eleven men should each take a turn to explain to the dissenting juror why he is wrong.
(d) They decide to take in a verdict of "undecided".

2. 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.

3. What is "the burden of proof"?
(a) The responsibility of the jury to come up with the right verdict.
(b) The responsibility of proving one's innocence.
(c) The responsibility of the judge in proving guilt or innocence.
(d) The principle stating the defendant does not have to prove anything but the prosecution must prove guilt.

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

5. Where was the victim wounded?
(a) In the face.
(b) In the head.
(c) In the chest.
(d) In the stomach.

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

7. 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.

8. How does the dissenting juror suggest that the jury should proceed instead of declaring a "hung" jury?
(a) He suggests they deliberate further.
(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 all take a new vote.
(d) He suggests they ask for additional evidence.

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

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

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

12. 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 foreigners and class prejudice.
(c) Prejudice against the poor and prejudice against the uneducated.
(d) Color prejudice and racial prejudice.

13. How does Juror Four challenge the defendant's alibi?
(a) Noone saw the defendant.
(b) The defendant can give no details about what he claims to have been doing.
(c) The ticket collector at the game does not remember the defendent
(d) The defendant cannot name the friend he was with.

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 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.

15. 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 all people from the defendant's community are liars and the eyewitness is from the area.
(b) Because the eyewitness belongs to the same family as the victim.
(c) Because they assert that the eyewitness was unreliable.
(d) Because the eyewitness belongs to the same ethnic group.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what time is the murder alleged to have occurred?

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

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 information does Juror Seven provide about the history of the defendant?

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

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