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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What source of information from the trial do the jurors use to help them estimate the time of the events surrounding the murder?
(a) They get the dimensions of the old man's room from a diagram of the apartment building.
(b) The old man's diary.
(c) Photographs of the building.
(d) The transcript of the old man's testimony.
2. What attribute is consistently demonstrated by Juror Eight which helps the other jurors to unravel the case?
(a) Knowledge of law.
(c) The ability to argue.
(d) Careful attention to details.
3. Considering the information available about the defendant, to what extent does the composition of this jury reflect the principle that should guide the composition of a jury trying a case?
(a) Not at all.
(b) To a limited extent.
(d) To a great extent.
4. What does Act iI suggest about the reliability of some witnesses in a trial?
(a) They are prone to confusion when questioned by legal experts.
(b) They may be well-intentioned but unreliable.
(c) They want to be famous.
(d) They can be influenced by personal experiences with criminals.
5. Why does the writer allow one of the jurors to threaten that he will kill another?
(a) To demonstrate the level of tension and conflict.
(b) To prove how angry he is.
(c) To show how much he hates the man who voted against the others.
(d) To prove the point that people often utter threats that they do not intend to carry out.
6. How does Juror Three justify his assertion that the defendant must have meant it when he said "I'm going to kill you"?
(a) He states the defendant shouted the words angrily.
(b) He states that nobody says such words without meaning them.
(c) He states that people always say what they mean when they are angry.
(d) He states the defendant meant it because he then proceeded to kill.
7. Based on the developments of Act II, what are the jurors on their way to proving?
(a) That they all agree.
(b) That there is reasonable doubt about the defendant's guilt.
(c) That they can prove someone else committed the murder.
(d) That they discussed the case thoroughly.
8. What do the actions of Juror Nine in Act II reveal about his character?
(a) He is afraid of Juror Eight.
(b) He believes the defendant is innocent.
(c) He has thought about the evidence.
(d) He is willing to stand up for his beliefs in spite of pressure.
9. Where was the old man witness when he saw the defendant running down the stairs?
(a) At his kitchen window.
(b) At his front door.
(c) At his bathroom window.
(d) At his bedroom window.
10. In the acting out of the old man's movements from his bed to the door, which juror plays the role of the old man?
(a) Juror Eight.
(b) Juror Nine.
(c) Juror Five.
(d) The foreman.
11. What does Juror Eight explain to the juror who asks who killed the man if it was not the defendant?
(a) That he doesn't understand how juries work.
(b) That he can raise that question after they have decided on this defendant.
(c) That this jury's job is to decide whether this defendant is guilty, not to consider any other suspect.
(d) That he did not listen carefully to the judge's instructions.
12. 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 fact that a similar weapon was easily available and that the old man might have been lying.
(b) The fact that the old man was hearing impaired and wore glasses.
(c) The realization that the woman wears glasses and she saw the murder through the train.
(d) The arguments of Juror Eight and Juror Nine.
13. Which juror shares the experience of living near the track of an el train?
(a) Juror Ten.
(b) Juror Seven.
(c) Juror Two.
(d) Juror Eight.
14. How old is the man who gives evidence about the events he heard from his room?
15. Of what is Juror Eight accused by an angry juror after others begin to change their votes in Act II?
(a) Of being a "bleeding heart" trying to spare a ghetto kid.
(b) Of trying to be a lawyer.
(c) Of defending wrongdoers.
(d) Of bullying.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is the decision making process conducted by a group more complex than one that is made by just an individual?
2. 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?
3. What reason does the juror who changes his mind give for doing so?
4. Which juror accuses the juror who is adamant that he will not see the defendant set free of wanting to be the defendant's executioner?
5. What does Juror Nine observe about the old man witness, which leads to his insights about his life?
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