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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 "the burden of proof"?
(a) The responsibility of the judge in proving guilt or innocence.
(b) The responsibility of the jury to come up with the right verdict.
(c) The responsibility of proving one's innocence.
(d) The principle stating the defendant does not have to prove anything but the prosecution must prove guilt.

2. How does the dissenting juror feel about the job done by the lawyer for the defendant?
(a) He is dissatisfied with the questions asked by the lawyer.
(b) He believes the lawyer was intimidated by the prosecution.
(c) He believes the lawyer was ill-prepared for the defense.
(d) He believes the lawyer did a good job.

3. How does the dissenting juror suggest that the jury should proceed instead of declaring a "hung" jury?
(a) He suggests they ask for additional evidence.
(b) He suggests they deliberate further.
(c) He suggests they all take a new vote.
(d) He suggests the eleven men vote again while he abstains; if one of the eleven votes "not guilty" they should discuss the case further.

4. How does the defendant account for the fact that after the murder he does not have the weapon he bought?
(a) He says it was stolen.
(b) He says he lost it at the football game.
(c) He says he left it at his friend's house.
(d) He says it must have fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the discussion, what kind of relationship exists between the victim and the defendant?

2. Which juror rebukes Juror Ten for his racist comment?

3. Where does the old man who testifies for the prosecution live?

4. What is the state of mind of most of jurors as they enter the jury room?

5. What is a hung jury?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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