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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 does the behavior of most of the jurors demonstrate about the decisions reached by juries?
(a) They might be affected by factors that have nothing to do with the evidence.
(b) If at least one juror is reliable, the others can be influenced.
(c) They only reach verdicts after protracted arguments and conflict.
(d) They are always reliable.

2. What is a hung jury?
(a) One in which the evidence is inconclusive.
(b) One in which the jurors recommend hanging.
(c) One in which the jurors cannot reach a unanimous verdict.
(d) One in which the foreman cannot control the jurors.

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

4. How does the prosecution help to establish for the jury that the eyewitness was in a position to see the murder?
(a) They show a videotape illustrating how the murder could have been seen.
(b) They present other witnesses who say the same thing.
(c) The jury is taken to the home of the eyewitness to observe the conditions under which the murder was witnessed.
(d) They provide pictures of the apartment and the surroundings.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the jurors take a vote before discussing the evidence?

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

3. Why does the dissenting juror insist they should spend time examining the evidence in detail?

4. How does the defendant account for the fact that after the murder he does not have the weapon he bought?

5. What kind of man is the dissenting juror?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the writer use Act II to establish Juror Three and Juror Eight as the antagonist and the protagonist respectively?

3. What information does Juror Three present in an attempt to draw the jurors' attention to the "facts of the case"?

4. What conclusions do some jurors draw from Juror Eight's presentation of inconsistencies about the defendant's intelligence in Act III?

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

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

7. What is the dramatic significance of having Jurors Thee and Four reintroduce the evidence given by the woman across the street?

8. What do the events of Act II demonstrate about the group and about the influence of Juror Eight?

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

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

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