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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 principle stating the defendant does not have to prove anything but the prosecution must prove guilt.
(c) The responsibility of the jury to come up with the right verdict.
(d) The responsibility of proving one's innocence.

2. In what way is the vote suggested by the dissenting voter different from the previous vote?
(a) Each juror must give a reason for his vote.
(b) The foreman does not vote.
(c) The jurors vote by secret ballot.
(d) The jurors individually tell the foreman their decision.

3. According to the evidence, what weapon was used to kill the old man?
(a) A hatchet knife.
(b) A pen knife.
(c) A butcher knife.
(d) A switch blade knife.

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

5. To what age group does the defendant belong?
(a) He is in his early twenties.
(b) He is middle-aged.
(c) He is in his thirties.
(d) He is a teenager.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is it clear from the dissenting juror's action that anyone could have had a weapon similar to the murder weapon?

2. At what age was the defendant in reform school?

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

4. What sentence must the defendant face if proven guilty?

5. In the beginning of the deliberations, how do most of the jurors demonstrate a lack of seriousness about their role as jurors?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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