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

2. Why does the dissenting juror insist they should spend time examining the evidence in detail?
(a) He believes the presentation of the case is prejudiced.
(b) He believes the witnesses are unreliable.
(c) He is not certain that the defendant is guilty.
(d) He believes that the defendant is innocent.

3. What does the verdict from the second vote among jurors prove?
(a) That the evidence is clearer after the discussion.
(b) That the dissenting juror is right in his "not guilty" verdict.
(c) That the arguments presented by the dissenting juror had some effect.
(d) That the foreman does a good job of managing the ballot.

4. What information does Juror Seven provide about the history of the defendant?
(a) He has been charged with murder before.
(b) He has been to prison before.
(c) He has stolen a car, been convicted of mugging and stabbed someone in the arm.
(d) He has been convicted of stealing cars.

5. At what time is the murder alleged to have occurred?
(a) Just after midnight.
(b) Around midday.
(c) In the afternoon.
(d) Early in the morning.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many days has the trial been going on when the jurors begin their deliberations?

3. What is the defendant's alibi?

4. Why was the alleged eyewitness awake at the time of the murder?

5. How does Juror Four challenge the defendant's alibi?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What additional suggestion does Juror Four make in Act I to support his assertion that the defendant is guilty?

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

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

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

6. What views do the jurors have about the defendant's background?

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

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

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

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

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