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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. According to the defendant, why did he buy the alleged murder weapon?
(a) Because his father beat him.
(b) Because the one he had before was stolen.
(c) To give it as a present to his friend.
(d) Because he lost the one he had before.

2. Apart from the defendant, who was arrested for handling a weapon?
(a) Juror Eight.
(b) The friend of the defendant.
(c) The witness who took the weapon until the police arrived.
(d) The storekeeper who sold the defendant a weapon.

3. In the beginning of the deliberations, how do most of the jurors demonstrate a lack of seriousness about their role as jurors?
(a) They read the newspaper.
(b) They are casual in their discussions.
(c) They are concerned about how the trial has kept them from attending to their own interests.
(d) They do not pay attention to the details.

4. Where was the victim wounded?
(a) In the stomach.
(b) In the head.
(c) In the chest.
(d) In the face.

5. 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 to separate into two groups and discuss different aspects of the evidence.
(c) They decide that the eleven men should each take a turn to explain to the dissenting juror why he is wrong.
(d) They decide to take in a verdict of "undecided".

Short Answer Questions

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

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?

3. Before the jurors depart for the jury room, who gives them final instructions?

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

5. What does the behavior of most of the jurors demonstrate about the decisions reached by juries?

Short Essay Questions

1. What impact does the staging of the murder have on the perceptions of some of the jurors?

2. When Juror Three fails to hang the jury and is left with no option but to change his vote, what happens?

3. What does the conversation about the fingerprints and the time it takes for the victim to die lead the jurors to do?

4. How and why do the discussions of the old man and the alleged threats made by the defendant affect one of the jurors?

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

6. After the uproar following Juror three's accusation about which juror changes his vote in Act II, what do the jurors proceed to do?

7. How do the tone and mood of the play vary as Act II develops from the result of the second vote to the taking of the third vote?

8. As the jurors assess whether the old man told the truth in his testimony, how does Juror Nine use his own life experience to provide insight into the old man's behavior?

9. What important contributions does Juror Nine make to the deliberations in Act II?

10. What is the result of the debate concerning the woman's glasses?

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