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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. Why was the alleged eyewitness awake at the time of the murder?
(a) It was noisy because of the train.
(b) It was cold.
(c) It was a stormy night.
(d) It was too hot to sleep.

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

3. Apart from the defendant, who was arrested for handling a weapon?
(a) The witness who took the weapon until the police arrived.
(b) The friend of the defendant.
(c) Juror Eight.
(d) The storekeeper who sold the defendant a weapon.

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

5. What does Juror Ten point out about an eyewitness to the murder?
(a) A boy across the street saw through a window as the defendant killed his father.
(b) A woman who lives across the street saw the defendant kill his father.
(c) A man next door saw the defendant running away with blood on his hands.
(d) The neighbor down the corridor saw the defendant kill his father in the hallway.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which words suggest that the defendant should not have to prove his innocence?

2. How does the dissenting juror feel about the job done by the lawyer for the defendant?

3. What important fact does Juror Three point out about something the defendant purchased on the day of the murder?

4. At what time is the murder alleged to have occurred?

5. How does the dissenting juror suggest that the jury should proceed instead of declaring a "hung" jury?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the jurors resume their analysis of the case, Juror Four makes an important contribution. What is it and how do others respond?

2. What controversy occurs after Juror Nine shares his insights about the old man in Act II?

3. How does the writer use the events of Act II to establish Juror Eight as the protagonist?

4. What evidence given by the woman across the street is reviewed by Jurors Three and Four after the outburst of Juror Ten?

5. 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?

6. Why do the jurors take a vote before any discussion of the evidence, and what is the impact of the outcome?

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

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

9. During the review of the evidence in Act III given by the woman across the street, what contribution does Juror Eight make to the discussion?

10. How do threats contribute to conflict in Act II, and how are the conflicts resolved?

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