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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is the reaction to the vote taken at the end of Act 1?
(a) Juror Ten attacks Juror Eight.
(b) Everone is angry except Juror Eight.
(c) Juror Three is outraged and accuses Juror Five of changing his vote because of Juror Eight..
(d) The foreman declares the vote null and void.
2. What important shift in the attitude of many jurors takes place during the debates in Act II about the case?
(a) They withdraw and consider their own feelings.
(b) They become more sober and thoughtful in discussing the issues.
(c) They are more agitated because so much time is passing.
(d) They become calmer and participate less in the discussion.
3. What source of information from the trial do the jurors use to help them estimate the time of the events surrounding the murder?
(a) Photographs of the building.
(b) The transcript of the old man's testimony.
(c) The old man's diary.
(d) They get the dimensions of the old man's room from a diagram of the apartment building.
4. Why does a juror change his vote after the discussion in Act II about the defendant's words?
(a) He is from the ghetto and believes the defendant has been the victim of prejudice.
(b) He says there is now reasonable doubt.
(c) He believes the whole jury is going to change.
(d) Juror Eight proves that people often say things they don't mean.
5. As the jurors discuss "reasonable doubt", why does Juror Nine become more and more uneasy?
(a) Because he is anxious to leave.
(b) Because of the conflict and tension among the jurors.
(c) Because he sees the importance of thorough deliberations, and most of the jurors are in a hurry.
(d) Because he realizes he might have voted incorrectly.
6. Which juror admits to having changed his vote?
(a) Juror Eleven.
(b) Juror Nine.
(c) Juror Ten.
(d) Juror Five.
7. What literary device is used by the writer to create a high level of interest in the play by presenting the strongly contending views of the jurors?
8. Why is the decision making process conducted by a group more complex than one that is made by just an individual?
(a) In a group there are many contending personalities and views.
(b) It takes time for everyone to express personal views in a group.
(c) People influence each other in a group.
(d) It is not more complex, it just takes longer.
9. What two reasons cause a juror to believe there is reasonable doubt about the defendant's guilt after adding doubts about the old man's testimony to earlier discussions about the murder?
(a) The arguments of Juror Eight and Juror Nine.
(b) The realization that the woman wears glasses and she saw the murder through the train.
(c) The fact that the old man was hearing impaired and wore glasses.
(d) The fact that a similar weapon was easily available and that the old man might have been lying.
10. As Act II progresses, how does Juror Three's attitude contrast with the attitude of Juror Four?
(a) There is no contrast; they are both influenced by the belief that the defendant is guilty.
(b) Juror Three has a closed mind while Juror Four is willing to listen and consider new possibilities.
(c) Juror Three is irrational while Juror Four reasons out his contributions carefully.
(d) Juror Three is a bully; Juror four acts as if he has superior knowledge.
11. How does Juror Eight capitalize on the error made by Juror Three in threatening to kill him?
(a) He tells the other jurors "See? He said what he didn't mean."
(b) He asks Juror Three whether he really means that.
(c) He asks Juror Three if he would really kill him.
(d) He asks the other jurors if they think that Juror Three would really kill him.
12. Of what is Juror Eight accused by an angry juror after others begin to change their votes in Act II?
(a) Of bullying.
(b) Of defending wrongdoers.
(c) Of trying to be a lawyer.
(d) Of being a "bleeding heart" trying to spare a ghetto kid.
13. How do the jurors try to get an accurate estimate of the time of the events described by the old man?
(a) They ask the foreman to read over the transcript.
(b) They ask each juror to explain exactly what he heard the old man say.
(c) They act out the scene in the jury room and time the different events that the old man described.
(d) They ask for detailed information from the notes of the trial.
14. How do some members of the jury respond to those who disagree?
(a) With ostracism and ridicule.
(b) With contradictions.
(c) With additional questions.
(d) With an open mind.
15. Which two jurors are moved by the discovery that the old man would have taken longer than he said to move from his bed to the door after hearing the noise upstairs?
(a) The foreman and Juror Four.
(b) Jurors Two and Six.
(c) The foreman and Juror Six.
(d) Jurors Ten and Twelve.
Short Answer Questions
1. What attribute is demonstrated by Juror Nine which helps the other jurors to unravel the case?
2. How does the involvement of the jury in acting out and assessing the allegations of the old man compare with their earlier attitude towards the evidence?
3. Why does Juror Eight question the witness' assertion that he heard the defendant say "I'm gonna kill you"?
4. How does Juror Eight get the others to realize that the defendant might not have killed his father although he said "I'm gonna kill you"?
5. What important information about the jurors' behavior becomes evident during their deliberations in Act II?
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