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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 casual in their discussions.
(c) They read the newspaper.
(d) They are concerned about how the trial has kept them from attending to their own interests.

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

5. How does the dissenting juror explain the defendant's record of violence?
(a) He says the defendant has been conditioned this way by living in the ghetto.
(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 was left by his mother as a child.

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

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

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

9. What comment by Juror Ten reveals his prejudice?
(a) He dislikes all people who are not of his racial background.
(b) He dislikes all foreigners.
(c) He dislikes all Caucasians.
(d) He has lived among people "like the defendant" and they cannot be trusted.

10. 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 jury room in a New York court.
(c) The bus in which the jurors are being transported to court.
(d) The court room.

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

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

13. What important fact does Juror Three point out about something the defendant purchased on the day of the murder?
(a) The defendant purchased a knife identical to the murder weapon.
(b) The defendant purchased a butcher knife similar to the murder weapon.
(c) The defendant purchased a dangerous knife.
(d) The defendant purchased a pen knife that could have inflicted a fatal wound.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. At what time of year does the jury in Twelve Angry Men meet to hear testimony and determine a verdict?

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

4. Where does the old man who testifies for the prosecution live?

5. In what process does the defendant ask questions of the prosecution's witnesses?

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