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Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does the dissenting juror feel about the job done by the lawyer for the defendant?
(a) He believes the lawyer did a good job.
(b) He is dissatisfied with the questions asked by the lawyer.
(c) He believes the lawyer was ill-prepared for the defense.
(d) He believes the lawyer was intimidated by the prosecution.
2. 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) The foreman orders the jurors to be orderly.
(b) Juror Six says America is a free country.
(c) Juror One says people are free to disagree.
(d) A juror rebukes Juror Ten for his racist comment.
3. What is "the burden of proof"?
(a) The principle stating the defendant does not have to prove anything but the prosecution must prove guilt.
(b) The responsibility of proving one's innocence.
(c) The responsibility of the jury to come up with the right verdict.
(d) The responsibility of the judge in proving guilt or innocence.
4. After eleven jurors vote "guilty" and one juror votes "not guilty", what process do the jurors decide on in order to resolve the matter?
(a) They decide to re-examine the evidence.
(b) They decide that the eleven men should each take a turn to explain to the dissenting juror why he is wrong.
(c) They decide to take in a verdict of "undecided".
(d) They decide to separate into two groups and discuss different aspects of the evidence.
5. What is the setting in which the reader first meets the twelve characters who give the play its name?
(a) The court room.
(b) The jury room in a New York court.
(c) The murder scene.
(d) The bus in which the jurors are being transported to court.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Juror Ten point out about an eyewitness to the murder?
2. According to the evidence, what weapon was used to kill the old man?
3. What two types of prejudice are evident in the comments of some of the jurors during Act 1?
4. Why does the dissenting juror challenge the fact that other jurors are willing to take the alleged eyewitness' word when they would not accept the defendant's word?
5. In what process does the defendant ask questions of the prosecution's witnesses?
Short Essay Questions
1. What inconsistency in Juror Ten's arguments does Juror Eight point out, and what is the result?
2. What are the physical and personal concerns facing the jurors as they begin their deliberations?
3. What clarification do the jurors receive about the conditions under which the woman is alleged to have seen the murder?
4. What views do the jurors have about the defendant's background?
5. What is Juror Ten's contribution to the discussion of the evidence?
6. What additional suggestion does Juror Four make in Act I to support his assertion that the defendant is guilty?
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. What additional evidence that incriminates the defendant does Juror Three present to the jury in Act I?
9. What information does Juror Three present in an attempt to draw the jurors' attention to the "facts of the case"?
10. On what point do Juror Eight and Juror Four agree concerning the performance of the defendant's lawyer? How do they differ?
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