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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 term used in Act 1 establishes that the defendant is thought to have committed a murder that is intentional and deliberately planned ahead of time?
(a) Second degree murder.
(b) Murder with malice aforethought.
(c) First degree murder.
(d) Manslaughter.

2. At what age was the defendant in reform school?
(a) Sixteen.
(b) Fourteen.
(c) Fifteen.
(d) Thirteen.

3. What is the reaction of the jury when the dissenting juror discredits the allegation that the weapon is unique?
(a) They begin to fight him.
(b) They are astonished and one says that it is illegal to purchase such things.
(c) They are enlightened.
(d) They claim he is a criminal just like the defendant.

4. How does the dissenting juror discredit the allegation that the murder weapon is unique?
(a) He reads an article stating that there are hundreds of similar weapons for sale in the community.
(b) He shows pictures of several similar weapons.
(c) He presents an identical weapon taken from his own pocket.
(d) He says he has used a similar weapon for hunting.

5. Which words suggest that the defendant should not have to prove his innocence?
(a) The defendant is "innocent until proven guilty."
(b) The defendant is innocent "unless the judge says he is guilty."
(c) The defendant is "innocent unless the prosecution presents good evidence."
(d) The defendant is "innocent because there is no eye-witness."

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the jurors comment that they all had difficult lives, so a difficult life should not explain the defendant's history of violence?

2. What information does Juror Seven provide about the history of the defendant?

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?

4. What does the verdict from the second vote among jurors prove?

5. Why is the murder weapon jammed into the wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. On what point do Juror Eight and Juror Four agree concerning the performance of the defendant's lawyer? How do they differ?

4. What are the physical and personal concerns facing the jurors as they begin their deliberations?

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

6. What important instructions does the judge give to the jurors as they depart to deliberate on the case?

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

8. How does Juror Eight respond to the evidence that Juror Three presents about the knife, and what dramatic turn of events does this cause?

9. What additional evidence that incriminates the defendant does Juror Three present to the jury in Act I?

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

(see the answer keys)

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