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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) The foreman orders the jurors to be orderly.
(c) Juror Six says America is a free country.
(d) A juror rebukes Juror Ten for his racist comment.

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

4. Why is the murder weapon jammed into the wall?
(a) So everyone can see how unusual it is.
(b) Because the table is cluttered.
(c) Because the juror who jams it there is angry.
(d) Because the foreman does not want it handled.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is the setting in which the reader first meets the twelve characters who give the play its name?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the defendant's alibi and how does Juror Four respond to it?

2. What information do the jurors share about the defendant in the beginning of their discussion?

3. How do the jurors respond to the defendant's explanation of his purchase of the knife and the fact that he cannot produce it?

4. What clarification do the jurors receive about the conditions under which the woman is alleged to have seen the murder?

5. Which juror refers to the defendant's criminal record, and what does this consist of?

6. What is Juror Eight's response to the declaration of Juror Sevel about the defendant's criminal record?

7. What is Juror Ten's contribution to the discussion of the evidence?

8. When Juror Two states that the defendant is guilty because no one proved his innocence, the writer uses the opportunity to establish two important principles of due process. What are these principles and why does the writer have Juror Eight explain them?

9. How does the old man's testimony implicate the defendant?

10. What inconsistency in Juror Ten's arguments does Juror Eight point out, and what is the result?

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