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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

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

4. How does the dissenting juror discredit the allegation that the murder weapon is unique?
(a) He shows pictures of several similar weapons.
(b) He presents an identical weapon taken from his own pocket.
(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.

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

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

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

8. How old was the defendant when he lost his mother?
(a) Nine years old.
(b) Eleven years old.
(c) Thirteen years old.
(d) Six years old.

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

10. How does the dissenting juror feel about the job done by the lawyer for the defendant?
(a) He believes the lawyer did a good job.
(b) He believes the lawyer was intimidated by the prosecution.
(c) He is dissatisfied with the questions asked by the lawyer.
(d) He believes the lawyer was ill-prepared for the defense.

11. Why is the murder weapon jammed into the wall?
(a) Because the table is cluttered.
(b) Because the juror who jams it there is angry.
(c) So everyone can see how unusual it is.
(d) Because the foreman does not want it handled.

12. What important information casts doubts on the eyewitness' story in the first discussion of the evidence?
(a) The eyewitness has to walk a long way to the door after hearing the body fall.
(b) The eyewitness wears glasses.
(c) The eyewitness is old with impaired vision.
(d) The eyewitness claims to have seen the murder through the windows of a passing elevated train.

13. Which juror rebukes Juror Ten for his racist comment?
(a) The foreman.
(b) Juror Seven.
(c) Juror Nine.
(d) Juror Eight.

14. What sentence must the defendant face if proven guilty?
(a) The death penalty.
(b) At least thirty years imprisonment.
(c) Life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.
(d) Life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does the dissenting juror insist they should spend time examining the evidence in detail?

3. Why do the jurors take a vote before discussing the evidence?

4. How does Juror Four challenge the defendant's alibi?

5. Based on the impact of their testimony on the jury, who are the two most important witnesses?

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