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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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?
(a) He has had a difficult life in a ghetto without a father.
(b) He is an orphan and member of a minority group.
(c) He has had a difficult life in a ghetto; his mother is dead and his father has beaten him regularly.
(d) He has been in and out of prison for stealing cars.

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

4. 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 principle stating the defendant does not have to prove anything but the prosecution must prove guilt.
(d) The responsibility of the judge in proving guilt or innocence.

5. According to the defendant, why did he buy the alleged murder weapon?
(a) Because he lost the one he had before.
(b) Because his father beat him.
(c) To give it as a present to his friend.
(d) Because the one he had before was stolen.

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

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

8. Apart from the action of the dissenting juror in Act 1, what other contributions from a juror suggest there is at least one other juror willing to stand up against the behavior of others?
(a) Juror One says people are free to disagree.
(b) Juror Six says America is a free country.
(c) A juror rebukes Juror Ten for his racist comment.
(d) The foreman orders the jurors to be orderly.

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

10. Where does the old man who testifies for the prosecution live?
(a) On the second floor of the apartment building where the murder occured.
(b) On the same floor where the murder occurred.
(c) On the ground floor.
(d) Across the street.

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

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

13. Why does the dissenting juror insist they should spend time examining the evidence in detail?
(a) He believes that the defendant is innocent.
(b) He believes the witnesses are unreliable.
(c) He believes the presentation of the case is prejudiced.
(d) He is not certain that the defendant is guilty.

14. Which juror asks the guard to bring in the murder weapon for closer examination?
(a) Juror Three.
(b) Juror Nine.
(c) Juror Eight.
(d) The foreman.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what way is the vote suggested by the dissenting voter different from the previous vote?

2. After eleven jurors vote "guilty" and one juror votes "not guilty", what process do the jurors decide on in order to resolve the matter?

3. After the knife discussion, how do the other jurors pressure the dissenting juror to make him change his vote?

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

5. Why is it clear from the dissenting juror's action that anyone could have had a weapon similar to the murder weapon?

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