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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 outcome of the "different" vote suggested by the dissenting voter?
(a) There is a change in the outcome.
(b) Nine jurors vote "guilty" and two vote "not guilty".
(c) Eight jurors vote "guilty" and three vote "not guilty".
(d) All vote "not guilty".

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

3. Why do the jurors take a vote before discussing the evidence?
(a) The verdict is obvious.
(b) So they can leave quickly.
(c) To get an early indication of where they stand on the verdict
(d) The judge instructs them to do so.

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

5. What two types of prejudice are evident in the comments of some of the jurors during Act 1?
(a) Prejudice against the poor and prejudice against the uneducated.
(b) Color prejudice and racial prejudice.
(c) Prejudice against some ethnic groups and prejudice against people from certain areas.
(d) Prejudice against foreigners and class prejudice.

Short Answer 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?

2. How does the dissenting juror explain the defendant's record of violence?

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

4. Based on the impact of their testimony on the jury, who are the two most important witnesses?

5. Who is the defendant and for what is he being tried?

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 Ten's contribution to the discussion of the evidence?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. How do the jurors respond to the defendant's explanation of his purchase of the knife and the fact that he cannot produce it?

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