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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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 claims to have seen the murder through the windows of a passing elevated train.
(d) The eyewitness is old with impaired vision.

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 was stolen.
(b) He says he left it at his friend's house.
(c) He says it must have fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.
(d) He says he lost it at the football game.

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

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

8. 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) Each juror must give a reason for his vote.
(c) The jurors vote by secret ballot.
(d) The foreman does not vote.

9. How does the dissenting juror explain the defendant's record of violence?
(a) He says the defendant was left by his mother as a child.
(b) He says the defendant has been wayward because of bad company.
(c) He says the defendant has an abusive father who has beaten him since he was a young boy.
(d) He says the defendant has been conditioned this way by living in the ghetto.

10. What does the behavior of most of the jurors demonstrate about the decisions reached by juries?
(a) They might be affected by factors that have nothing to do with the evidence.
(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 are always reliable.

11. 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.

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

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Before the jurors depart for the jury room, who gives them final instructions?

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

3. According to one witness, where in the apartment building did the murder occur?

4. 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?

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

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